The Dream Betrayed Me


A Feature Film in Development

by Mohammad Shaikhow

Written by
Mohammad Shaikhow & Ephrem Koering



It is 2004 in the town of Qamishli in the north of Syria, and talented football player MESTO (20), dreams of joining his local football club. But despite his skills, he is not selected by officials because he is a Kurd, which means he doesn’t have any official identification papers.
Soon after, Qamishli’s football club plays a match with their arch rivals, the team from the neighboring town. A player is injured and in an emergency, the club’s coach asks Mesto to replace the player. After about 10 minutes of playing time, Mesto scores an unexpected goal but his joy is tarnished by a riot that bursts out in the stands between the rival fans. Several people are killed.
Very quickly, the event spreads into a rebellion claiming more rights for Kurds. While his own dreams of playing football are swept aside, Mesto becomes the symbol of the Kurd struggle against the Syrian regime.

© 2020 by Mohammad Shaikhow