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  • The enthusiastic Team Qatar

    The enthusiastic Team Qatar

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  • Fatima, Ayesha, and Tina

    Fatima, Ayesha, and Tina

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  • Fatima, Vartan, Tina, Talal, and Ayesha

    Fatima, Vartan, Tina, Talal, and Ayesha

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  • Team Qatar cheer at the London Eye

    Team Qatar cheer at the London Eye

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  • Team Qatar prepare for a debate

    Team Qatar prepare for a debate

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  • Team Qatar members talk to a protester

    Team Qatar members talk to a protester

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The Film

Cheerfully fulfilling QatarDebate’s mission of “creating the leaders of tomorrow through a culture of discussion and debate,” the members of the first Qatari national debate team prepare for the world championship in this documentary from Liz Mermin. Guided by the 22-year-old former president of the Oxford Union, they direct their immense curiosity and ambition towards mastering the arcane strategies of British parliamentary debate. They are determined to show they are not closed-minded extremists – and even more determined to win. Quirky and endearing, entertaining and informative, the film offers an entertaining window onto the rapidly growing global culture of the Arab world and its relation to the West.

Following the debaters and their English coach from Qatar’s capital of Doha to London, New York and finally Washington, the film offers up a cultural examination as well as a thrilling competition.

The Filmmakers

  1. Lawrence ElmanProducer
  2. Liz MerminProducer/Director