Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters
2010, 67 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Tanzania, Thailand, USA
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Sports
4pm Thurs, March 8th
Director Nisha Long via Live Skype
Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters is feature-length documentary by Nisha Ligon. It follows a season in the life of Tanzania's women's national football (i.e. soccer) team, affectionately nicknamed the Twiga Stars. Tanzanian football legend Charles Boniface Mkwasa selects thirty young and talented female footballers to come together as the national women's football team and prepare as a guest team for the West African Football Tournament, which will include world powerhouses like Nigeria and Ghana. We follow the Twiga Stars through the gruel of intensive training, the heartbreak of team cuts, and the tragedies of life that strike along the way... but through it all one theme resounds: an undying love for the game of football.
The Twiga Stars are not just a team. They are family, and together they fight on to prove wanawake wanaweza (meaning "women are capable") and earn the support and attention of their football crazy nation. Though the setbacks are many, the Twiga Stars keep on playing and smiling, and together they achieve what no one could have expected. Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters provides an intimate, energetic and uplifting portrait of young women trying to make it as footballers in one of the poorest countries in the world.
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DIRECTOR: Nisha Ligon