SOKA AFRIKA | 76 min | UK | 2010
Directed by Suridh Hassan
This brilliantly realized feature-length documentary follows a group of aspiring African footballers from across the continent in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The film focuses on two promising young men, Ndomo from Cameroon and Kermit from South Africa, as they pursue by very different means their shared dream of a lucrative European contract, and on a Cameroonian international who makes it his mission to help them.
Shortlisted for Best Documentary
One World Media Awards (Feb.2012)
Winner – Best Picture Award
Palermo International Sports Film Festival (Dec. 2011)
Winner – Golden Whistle Award
Kicking + Screening Film Festival, New York. (Aug.2011)
“Fascinating… staggering… Insightful film making…”
“Stylish..Eye-opening….Hoop Dreams with studs on.”
“Visually rich and engaging..Amazing”
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ARTS IN CONTEXT
Join us for a lively post screening football discussion as part of the festival.
Clubs, Player Movement, and the Reality of Finding a Club
Kicking + Screening founder Greg Lalas will lead George Quraishi and Joe Prince-Wright in a lively discussion about how players land at clubs around the world, touching on the two stories told in Soka Afrika. How do these tales change in different parts of the planet? What can be done to limit the ways in which unscrupulous agents and other predators can take advantage of hopeful but naive young talent?
Founder and editor of Howler, a quarterly soccer magazine
Lead Writer & Editor of NBCSports ProSoccerTalk, former player for Arbroath in the Scottish second division
Kicking + Screening Founder and Festival Director