“We Dare to Dream” is the story of refugee athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon who swim, run and fight their way to opportunity and safety in host nations across the world. Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories and Olympic sports, the film reveals the lives and hopes of refugee athletes training to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes and countries of birth to build new lives out of nothing. Directed by Academy Award nominated Waad al-Kateab (“For Sama”), executive produced by Angelina Jolie and produced by Academy Award-winner Joanna Natasegara (“The White Helmets,” “Virunga,” “The Edge of Democracy”) and Emmy-winning producer Abigail Anketell-Jones (“The Edge of Democracy,” “The Nightcrawlers”) of Violet Films, two time Academy Award-nominated producer, Bryn Mooser (“Body Team 12,” “Lifeboat”) and Kathryn Everett of XTR Studios and Joe Gebbia of Studio Gebbia, “We Dare to Dream” tells the amazing stories of young refugee athletes aiming to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. This is their story of resilience and inspiration, hardship and loss, hope and home.
For the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympic held at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Chinese artist Jody Xiong was invited by Chief Director Zhang Yimou to create a technologically-powered art installation called The Bloom. The project brought together 12 disabled people around an 8-meter wide, circular canvas to create a colorful smiley face by detonating paint-filled balloons using the power of their minds.