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UK / South Africa, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Next Gen)

Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson


A story of joy, laughter, hope and generosity. And football.

When Fabrice, a young Rwandan with dreams of being a football star, is given the chance to audition for the 2010 World Cup, he sets off on a ramshackle journey across Africa, his self-appointed 'manager' Dudu and his sister Beatrice in tow. Their haphazard expedition sees them encounter former child soldiers, slave owners and others determined to help them on their way to Johannesburg.

The realities of modern day Africa are neither ignored nor sugarcoated in this uplifting road movie about the uncrushable spirit and determination of three friends on the journey of a lifetime.

"When did you last watch a kids' film about Africa that left you laughing, punching the air and weeping discreetly into your popcorn? This is the effect of Africa United, a mad, ebullient movie." - Times

D Debs Gardner-Paterson P Mark Blaney, Jackie Sheppard, Eric Kabera S Rhidian Brook Dist Hopscotch TD 35mm/2010

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