The Mission

The documentary film MEN OF HOPE follows the soccer national team of Afghanistan, their German-Croatian coach Petar Segrt and the fans on their mission to qualify for the Asia Cup 2019. Between March 2017 and 2018 the national team has the big chance to qualify for the first time in the history for such a big tournament. A dream of a whole country and millions of exile Afghans would come true. It’s more than just sport, it’s a dream for a better future and hope for peace in the country. Petar Segrt is living for that dream and risking everything, no matter how high the barriers are.
The film reveals the positive energy of soccer, its power to connect people and inspire children.
An experience with ups and downs of the team, stories of refugees and the normal life in Kabul.


Festivals and Screenings

June 1, 2019
Offside Lisboa
Lisboa, Portugal
Sept 13, 2019
SAMA International Film Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 15, 2019
German Premiere at Filmforum NRW
Cologne, Germany
Sept 19 - 22, 2019
Cologne, Germany
Oct 15, 2020
11mm – The International Football Film Festival
Berlin, Germany
Jul 29, 2021
kicking + screening
soccer film event
Westport, CN, USA + Online


Zeitsprung Pictures GmbH
Till Derenbach
Alter Militärring 8a
50933 Köln
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