WFFF: The Beautiful Game
2014, 84 Minute Running Time
June 5 - 8, 2014
World Football Film Festival features soccer-centric films, ranging from classics and family-friendly to vintage and impactful documentaries, for four days of screenings and special events to the Sie FilmCenter.
Screens June 8th at 4:30pm.
The Beautiful Game is an inspirational feature documentary about the power of soccer in modern Africa — a game that is helping to change the lives of individuals and communities across the continent. Players, fans, young, old, with or without a disability, male and female… millions of Africans’ lives are wrapped up in the ‘beautiful game’.
Unlike anything else soccer brings fifty-four diverse countries into a common and passionate dialogue. And the results are tangible: when an African country does well at a competition, its national GDP rises, its exports go up, crime decreases, and political divides narrow. As Reverend Tutu shares in The Beautiful Game "soccer isn't like a religion in Africa. It is bigger than religion".
The film interweaves a number of dynamic stories from six separate African countries: Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Together these stories reveal how soccer can be an effective social and developmental tool; and how a game can play a crucial role in shaping a new future for Africa.
DIRECTOR: Victor Buhler