Soka Afrika is a feature length documentary film celebrating African football in the run up to World Cup 2010. Following the different paths of aspiring young African players from South ...
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Soka Afrika is a feature length documentary film celebrating African football in the run up to World Cup 2010. Following the different paths of aspiring young African players from South Africa, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Cameroon, Soka Afrika explores the power of football to influence Africa for better or worse. Follow Kermit Erasmus and Ndomo Sabo as they pursue very different routes to potential stardom and witness as a former Cameroon international makes it his mission to save those hopefuls falling through the cracks.Written by
I first caught news about this in 2011, but saw it in NYC at a "football film" Festival where it won the best picture prize.
Soka Afrika is a hugely powerful film, beautifully shot with an amazing original soundtrack including tracks by MRR & ADM, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, Kid Kanevil and many others!
The film itself is a poignant look at the difficulties aspiring African footballers have in moving to Europe. It involves football but is truly an impressive human experience piece, that uncovers a lot of the deep economic problems and remaining colonial views that inform the modern day relationship between Africa and the rest of the world.
The Characters are very sympathetic and the story is gripping and unexpected!
I have since seen a shorter TV version on Al Jazeera but am keenly waiting for the full length DVD release which have been rumoured for a while.
A true must-see film for anyone interested in Documentary film, independent film and quite simply good film!
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