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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 ...
Beatrice
Yves Dusenge ...
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Sherrie Silver ...
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Presley Chweneyagae ...
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Rapulana Seiphemo ...
Philippe Baku
Patrick Mofokeng ...
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Richard Lukunku ...
Jean Baptiste
Moky Mukura ...
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Tony Caprari ...
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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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Africa United - matkalla kohti unelmaa  »

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£177,827 (UK) (22 October 2010)

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£545,556 (UK) (29 October 2010)
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A million miles from Hollywood geographically and metaphorically
13 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not a blockbuster film with a mega publicity budget, but what attracted me to such an independent work was that the writer Rhidian Brook is the son of a colleague of mine on the UK's Communications Consumer Panel. I'm pleased that I made the effort to see the movie because it is original in subject matter and talent and refreshing in both content and delivery.

Everything about it is different from the usual Hollywood fare. The British director Debs Gardner-Paterson is fourth- generation Rwandan, all the central roles are taken by African children, and all the wonderful locations are in Africa.

Essentially it is a road movie with a bunch of kids determined to travel from Rwanda to South Africa in order to be at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. Although there is sharp dialogue and much humour, serious issues are touched upon, ranging from child soldiers to HIV/AIDS.


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