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As the Refugee Olympic Team prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, We Dare to Dream chronicles their hopes and desires as they fight for a better life.            


We Dare to Dream is the incredible story of athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan, and Cameroon—all refugees 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 their lives and hopes as they train 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. Culminating in their competition at the Summer Olympics, their compatriots back home and their new communities in refugee camps stand alongside these determined young athletes in spirit  as they fight for their place in the world and showcase the incredible accomplishments they are capable of. This is their story of heart in the face of adversity, and most of all, of hope for a better life.


Waad al-Kateab (She/Her)


Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian activist and award-winning filmmaker. She became a citizen journalist in 2011, after protests broke out across Syria against the Assad regime, and in January 2016 she began documenting the horrors of Aleppo for Channel 4 News in a series titled, “Inside Aleppo.” which received an International Emmy for breaking news coverage. Waad’s first feature documentary, For Sama, documented her life over five years in Aleppo. The film, co-directed with Edward Watts, received worldwide critical acclaim, winning numerous awards, including the Prix L'Œil d'or for best documentary at Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary at the BAFTAs and a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards. Waad’s new film, We Dare To Dream, follows the steadfast journey of athletes in the Olympic Refugee Team. The film had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2023 and is set to premiere in the UK in November 2023, followed by a theatrical release. We Dare To Dream, commissioned by IOC for XTR, received the Grand Prize Documentary Award at the Heartland International Film Festival. Waad now lives in London with her family, and continues to run her advocacy campaign, Action For Sama, which aims to raise the voices of Syrians, awareness about the situation on ground, and seek accountability for the war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian regimes. Waad has received several personal recognitions for her work as an activist and filmmaker, including the IDA Courage Under Fire Award and a place in the 2020 Time100 List of Most Influential People. In 2021, Waad was announced as the recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Joanna Natasegara (She/Her)


Joanna Natasegara is an Oscar®-winning producer of some of the most acclaimed documentary films in recent history. Through her company, Violet Films, she is the producer of award-winning documentaries including the Oscar®-nominated Virunga, the Oscar®-winning The White Helmets, the Oscar®-nominated The Edge of Democracy, Nightcrawlers, Evelyn and many others. She is now producing an anticipated slate with social justice at its heart, including the upcoming scripted adaptation of Virunga written by Academy Award®-winner Barry Jenkins. Her work on the Academy Award®-winning documentary, The White Helmets, brought the heroic work of Syrian rescue workers to global attention. Natasegara’s producing work on the Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated documentary Virunga exposed the plans of a British oil company to explore for oil within Africa’s oldest National Park. Working closely with Virunga National Park, and with support from Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, the film brought the threats facing Virunga into the public consciousness, increasing pressure on the oil company which ultimately relinquished efforts to explore in the area around the park. Natasegara’s prolific work as a producer of film and television content focused on human rights, social justice and climate solutions also includes works such as Heart of Invictus, the first Netflix production announced by Archewell Productions. She is the founder of Violet Films and sits on the board of Virunga National Park.

Joe Gebbia (He/Him)


Joe Gebbia is an entrepreneur, designer and producer. As Co-Founder of Airbnb, Gebbia has transformed the hospitality industry, reaching over four million hosts who have welcomed more than one billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. As the original designer and host, Gebbia helped shape Airbnb’s unmatched product, interface and brand to become a part of everyday life and common vernacular. Fourteen years since the inception in Gebbia’s San Francisco living room, hosts have earned over $150 billion, creating economic impact throughout communities worldwide. Gebbia’s entrepreneurial instinct also led to the formation of the community-powered non-profit, Airbnb.org. With the mission to open homes in times of crisis, Airbnb.org’s emergency response efforts have housed over 300,000 people during natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and the global refugee crisis. Gebbia departed his full-time operating role and has since transitioned to a strategic advisory position while serving on the Board of Directors of both Airbnb and Airbnb.org. Most recently, Gebbia made his producorial debut and foray into the entertainment space, further expanding his immersive work, deeply-rooted in authentic, diverse and universal storytelling. His latest venture, Samara, comparably cemented in economic empowerment, housing resources and design, produces fully customized, factory-made homes designed to create rental income, house family, support work from home or bundled together, to form new types of housing communities. The inaugural product, Backyard, is a transformational, flexible dwelling that unlocks the potential of the consumer’s yard and complements the home. The units, rooted in elevated design, are configured online, delivered and installed in a fraction of the time of traditional construction. As a Giving Pledge signatory, Gebbia backs the newly-formed Eames Institute for Infinite Curiosity, The Ocean Clean Up, Malala Fund, and Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, among others. A lifelong basketball fan, Gebbia is a member of the San Antonio Spurs investor group. Growing up, Gebbia began his life as an artist and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. He serves on the RISD Board of Trustees, Olympic Refuge Foundation, and leadership councils for UNHCR, Tent.org and Malala Fund. Gebbia has spoken globally about design and entrepreneurship at TED, WIRED, the 2021 Index Design Awards, SXSW and more. He also served as a jury member for the White House Millennium Council's 2021 National Design Awards presented by Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian Design Museum. He has further been named in BusinessWeek’s Top 20 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs, Inc. Magazine’s Thirty-under-Thirty, Fortune’s Forty-under-Forty and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.

Bryn Mooser


Bryn Mooser is a twice Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning filmmaker, humanitarian and the founder of the documentary studio XTR. Previous to XTR, Mooser co-founded RYOT, a media company specializing in documentary film and virtual and augmented reality. Over his career he has produced more than 200 linear and immersive films garnering multiple Emmy® Awards, two Oscar® nominations, a Peabody and a Cannes Lion. Mooser sold RYOT to Verizon in 2016, becoming a SVP and helping create the road map for immersive and documentary films for AOL, Yahoo, and Verizon. In 2019 Mooser launched XTR, an entertainment studio producing premium non fiction film, television and podcasts.

Abigail Anketell-Jones



With over ten years documentary experience, Abigail is an Emmy® award-winning producer at the UK-based production company Violet Films, best known for the Oscar® winning Netflix Original, The White Helmets, and the Oscar® nominated Virunga. Most recently she was a producer on Waad Al Kateab’s second film, We Dare to Dream which premiered at Tribeca 2023 and served as a Executive Producer on the Netflix docu series, Heart of Invictus in association with Archewell Productions. Previous credits include the Emmy-winning Nat Geo short, The Nightcrawlers, and BIFA-winning Evelyn, and the Academy Award® nominated Netflix feature doc, The Edge of Democracy. Abigail is a Doc Society Impact Fellow and has worked across hard hitting impact campaigns for a number of films including, No Fire Zone, Virunga, The Borneo Case and Human Flow. She has also worked as part of the communications team for Virunga National Park.

Kathryn Everett


Kathryn Everett is the Peabody award-winning and Emmy®-nominated co-founder and founding head of film of premium non-fiction studio XTR. Since XTR’s inception in 2019, Kathryn has raised and invested more than $40 million into documentary films. Kathryn's work as a filmmaker is deeply informed by her career working at the intersection of entertainment, philanthropy and politics: she served as Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit organization Artists for Peace and Justice, and previously worked on the political campaigns of President Barack Obama and Senator Michael Bennet. Kathryn is best known for her work as an executive producer on the Academy-Award nominated Ascension, the Peabody winning films 76 Days and The Territory, and the critically acclaimed feature Lakota Nation vs. United States. Kathryn serves as a board member for Iqra Fund, a non-governmental organization that provides girls' education by establishing high quality, self-sustaining school systems in the remote, mountainous regions of northern Pakistan. In 2022, Kathryn was named one of Hollywood's New Leaders by Variety magazine.