Above: Film poster
Directed by Susan Koch and Jeff Werner, 2008, 98 minutes, USA.
Described as a “filmanthropy” using film and other media platforms to catalyze social change, this documentary chronicles the lives of seven players taking a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country at the Cape Town, South Africa 2006 Homeless World Cup. Najib from war torn Afghanistan; Alex from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya; Damien and Simon from the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland; Craig from the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina; Jesus from the overflowing public shelters of Madrid, Spain, and Slavan from the shadow culture of the illegal rural immigrants to the big city of St. Petersburg, Russia. The Homeless World Cup is an annual international soccer competition for the homeless, first held in 2003 in Austria.