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Africa United (2010)

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The story of four children who walk three thousand miles to get to the world cup. On the way they encounter many things such as HIV and child prostitution.

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Debs Paterson (as Debs Gardner-Paterson)

Writer:

Rhidian Brook
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriya Ndayambaje ... Dudu Kayenzi
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva ... Fabrice (as Roger Nsengiyumva)
Sanyu Joanita Kintu Sanyu Joanita Kintu ... Beatrice
Yves Dusenge Yves Dusenge ... Foreman George
Sherrie Silver Sherrie Silver ... Celeste
Emmanuel Jal ... Tulu
Presley Chweneyagae ... Egg
Rapulana Seiphemo Rapulana Seiphemo ... Philippe Baku
Patrick Mofokeng Patrick Mofokeng ... Police Sargeant Sam
Richard Lukunku Richard Lukunku ... Jean Baptiste
Moky Mukura Moky Mukura ... Fabrice's Mother
Leleti Khumalo ... Sister Ndebele
Tony Caprari Tony Caprari ... Beach Bar Owner
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ... Hospital Doctor
Ayuub Kasasa Mago Ayuub Kasasa Mago ... Congo Stadium Lone Spectator
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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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UK | South Africa | Rwanda

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Africa United - matkalla kohti unelmaa See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£177,827 (United Kingdom), 24 October 2010, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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One Love Africa United
Written by Bob Marley, Guy Chambers, and Robbie Williams
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A unique take on a difficult subject
20 October 2010 | by lwjcdsSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of 'Africa United'. Full of energy, humour, colour, passion - it kept me hooked from start to finish. I laughed many times, and ended with a slightly moist eye that I had to hastily conceal from my partner sitting next to me.

The film received a 5-minute standing ovation at the end.

I think first and foremost this is a family film. It's not a forensic study of Africa's social or political problems, nor is it a realistic portrayal of the everyday lives of ordinary Africans. Critics complaining about this seem to have missed the point.

It's a road movie about the passion and courage of young people. It's magical, like a fairy story. The fact that it's set in Africa enriches this sense of magic - and offers interesting opportunities to explore difficult issues in the context of a family movie. But it's not a commentary on Africa - it's about a group of young people who do something extraordinary in an extraordinary place.

The fact that it breaks film-making barriers in Africa (first feature to be filmed in Burundi etc), but keeps its focus firmly on drama and adventure rather than social commentary makes it a very unique 'African' film.

I will certainly watch again because it made me laugh and cry. And surely that's enough for any film, irrespective of where it's set.


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