Heavy Metal



The girls of the Champ Camp are in some ways typical teenagers, eager to challenge the old ways and looking to make their mark, pursue their purpose. But Adla, Rahmeeh and We’am, Palestinians growing up in Jordan’s Al-Baqa’a refugee camp, can also lift as much as 70 KG and are aiming for medals in international weightlifting competitions, maybe even the Olympics. The film tells their story and also raises the question: what does it mean to be a strong, young Palestinian woman?



Edward Knowles has worked for the past 15 years as a sports journalist, traveling the world covering over 100 international stories. He has directed a short Dare to Rise (2023) which was broadcast across 12 European territories. He met co-director Timo Bruun at the boxing world championships in 2017 and it was immediately clear that they shared a passion for telling overlooked stories from the sporting world.

Timo Bruun is an award-winning self-taught director from Hamburg. He started as a cameraman at his local TV station and has gone on to cover some of the biggest sporting events on the planet. He’s inspired by the unobvious and is excited to tell stories in challenging arenas.

Filmography: Pure Euphoria (2020) was their debut film and the start of their collaboration.