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The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sack load of ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), ... See full summary »

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Dudu Kayenzi
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Fabrice (as Roger Nsengiyumva)
Sanyu Joanita Kintu ...
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Yves Dusenge ...
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Sherrie Silver ...
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Emmanuel Jal ...
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Rapulana Seiphemo ...
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Richard Lukunku ...
Jean Baptiste
Moky Mukura ...
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Keketso Semoko ...
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Ayuub Kasasa Mago ...
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The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sack load of ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. And as they walk they gather a tribe - a ragamuffin team - of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations. Through these kids, we will encounter an Africa few people ever get to see; experience the hard reality of an epic walk through seven countries; as well as the joy, laughter and hope - 'the ubuntu' - that comes from making an incredible journey together. Written by Rhidian Brook

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£177,827 (UK) (22 October 2010)

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£545,556 (UK) (29 October 2010)
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Outstanding Coming of Age/Road/Mythic Movie
19 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

With a caste of brilliant young actors, this movie manages to walk the incredibly difficult tightrope between hopeless grim reality of life for many in Africa and the superficial heartwarming scenes of kids overcoming hardships.

The rhythm of the movie is perfect and the child's voice is authentically maintained.

I saw this at TIFF with 8 and 13 year old boys and 10 and 13 year old girls. They all loved it and want to see it again. The older crowd was equally enthusiastic.

This movie deserves the widest possible distribution. If I was still teaching high school, I would find an excuse to show it to everyone of my classes and try to get a screening for the whole school.


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