Eight men from the streets of Cape Town band together to fight for their place in society through a fast-paced game of street soccer.



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Credited cast:
David Abrahams ...
Martin Africa ...
Peter Cooksen ...
Riaan DuPlessis ...
Thapelo Kalpens ...
Ephraim Maarulan ...
Vuyo Mehlo ...
Sandile Mhlongo ...
Sicelo Mrnaji ...
Petros Nkomo ...
Ethen Thys ...


In Cape Town, there are two realities.  Sixteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africa prepares to host the FIFA World Cup and the country is ripe with celebration.  New hot spots, airports and stadiums were built to welcome travelers from around the world. However, there remains a generation that lives in extreme poverty, with many youth falling into lives of violence, drugs and abuse. Streetball is a fast paced documentary that tells the stories of South Africa's 2008 Homeless World Cup team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countries-comprised of homeless and the excluded.  The SA Squad consists of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption.   Streetball is a story of hope and of the resilience that dwells within the human spirit.   But while these mens' dreams are simply to have a home and to be recognized as ... Written by Christina Ghubril

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Ephraim Maarulan: There's this thing I like to say, Patience-she's like a girl... sometimes I'm a bit too hasty and she rejects me. But when you get to her, everything is good in life.
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4 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewed this film recently at a festival, and until then, I had no idea the Homeless World Cup existed! It was really great to see the story unfold, I had an impression of what was going to happen, but I was wrong, and that was great. The story in this documentary is better than anything that could have been written. Even though the film was short, it encompassed two years of the Homeless World Cup. I would have loved to have seen an equal emphasis on each of the two years. It seemed like they were running out of money by the second year and kept the filming to a minimum. The ending felt abrupt.

My biggest grief about the movie was that there were English subtitles for an English language movie. I understand that some of the things they said would have been a bit confusing or inaudible, but it really distracted me from the film. My eyes were constantly drawn to the subtitles, and I felt like I was missing the film.

By the end, the hardships that the team had to overcome did prevail. In my opinion, the filmmakers definitely achieved their goal to broadcast the struggles of the team, I give it an 8 out of 10.

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