Jos Dirkx and Chaker Khazaal both met while studying Filmmaking at York University in Toronto several years ago. As motivated and talented individuals they both went their separate ways after graduating from York, only to be united again through an award winning documentary and international campaign.
Currently residing in South Africa, Jos Dirkx founded the NGO "Girls and Football South Africa" to give a voice to the female football players in South Africa and around the world. With an eagerness to progress social justice and gender equality, and sharing similar mandates to the award-winning NGO Nations United founded by Chaker Khazaal, a collaboration between the two NGO's was set in stone.
The partnership took both teams to Beirut, Lebanon in March 2011 where they were cordially invited to attend The Union of Cinema & Film Award Ceremony. The festival is held every year in Beirut and awards the talents of Filmmakers around the Middle East region. This was the first year that an International category was added to the festival.
It was a success for both organizations as Laila Maiden from Nations United was awarded Lebanese woman of the year and Jos Dirkx became the first winner of the International Documentary category for her film "Can I Kick It?" A documentary award has not been granted to a female director since the start of the festival and the awards in 1939.
Both organizations were very pleased and honored with the results. On May 19th 2011, Nations United plans to bring Jos Dirkx back to Toronto to screen the award winning documentary. You can follow news and announcements from Girls and Football South Africa and Nations United via their facebook pages and blogs.
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