I AM SOMEBODY is the inspiring story about six street-connected children who are chosen to represent their country at the Street Child World Cup in Qatar. Some of them are from the streets of Brazil and Bangladesh, some come from poor families in Pakistan and another is from a refugee camp in Palestine. But there is one thing that all these children have in common: their lives will change forever when they participate in the Street Child World Cup.


The United Nations estimates that there are over 100 million street-connected children worldwide who depend on the streets for their survival. The Street Child World Cup uses the power of football for change. The Street Child World Cup in Qatar brought together 28 teams with more than 280 street-connected children from 25 countries from across the world for their own boys and girls international football tournaments, festival of arts and congress for their rights.


Directors: Jamillah van der Hulst founds JaJa Film Productions in 2012 after a career in communications working for international NGOs. As a producer of feature and documentary films Jamillah rapidly develops an interest in directing films. She directs some well received 1-minute films and the 3-episode documentary series Women with a Mission (2016), which is broadcasted by TLC.


In 2018 Jamillah delivered her first long documentary film, Fighting for Life, as a director. Her directorial debut about an impactful boxing program in South Africa’s Drakenstein Correctional Center is awarded the Peace and Sport Documentary Prize at the prestigious SPORTEL Awards in Monaco.  


Streetkids United 3 – The Road to Moscow (2019), about Team India at the Street Child World Cup 2018, is awarded the prize for Best Documentary at the Cambridge Film Festival. Jamillah’s third long documentary film Kampala Cycling Couriers (2020) is picked up by Netflix for their platform.


As a director and a producer, Jamillah is driven by bringing inspirational and eye-opening stories to the audience. Her stories are about people who try to get the best out of themselves or who try to be meaningful to others and about environmental issues that are crucial for the future of mankind. Her films will touch you, give you something to think about or get you in motion.


Proceeds from this screening will benefit the non-profit organization Homes Helping Hands, Inc., helping those who are down & out. 



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DIRECTOR(S): Jamillah van der Hulst
PRODUCER(S): Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Conrad Alleblas


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