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A character-based feature documentary that portrays the transcendent power of soccer in modern Africa - a game that is helping to change the lives of individuals and communities across the ... See full summary »

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Victor Buhler
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A character-based feature documentary that portrays the transcendent power of soccer in modern Africa - a game that is helping to change the lives of individuals and communities across the continent. Players, fans, young, old, with or without a disability, male and female... millions of Africans' lives are wrapped up in the 'beautiful game'. Unlike anything else soccer brings fifty-four diverse countries into a common and passionate dialogue. And the results are tangible: when an African country does well at a competition, its national GDP rises, its exports go up, crime decreases, and political divides narrow. As Reverend Tutu shares in "The Beautiful Game": "soccer isn't like a religion in Africa. It is bigger than religion". The film interweaves a number of dynamic stories from six separate African countries: Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Together these stories reveal how soccer can be an effective social and developmental tool; and how a game can ... Written by Anonymous

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1 June 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Accra, Ghana See more »

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A10 Enterprises See more »
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Beautiful and moving
8 November 2012 | by marie-523-578141See all my reviews

Watch this movie and Invictus back to back. Maybe hope for this part of the world comes not in politics or government - but in the strength and shared commitment built through the love of football. Wherever there is truly a shared love and shared commitment people are bound together. Buhler weaves sound, story and the reflections of leaders we know to create an inspirational story line in documentary form. Arrange a screening just to see and share this look at Africa as differences are transcended on the pitch. A must see. See it soon. See it with your friends. See it with football fans. Just see it. From the producers "The Beautiful Game" aims to showcase the spirit of Africa through music, imagery and soccer. We dramatize how deeply a sport can impact and can unite a continent. Four years in the making, the "The Beautiful Game" team has traveled across the continent collecting unique and inspiring stories about soccer.


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