A Documentary Feature Film
“The Beautiful Game” is an inspirational feature documentary about the 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".
Our 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 play a crucial role in shaping a new future for Africa.
Please take a look at our promo to meet some of the characters who feature in ‘The Beautiful Game’. We have threaded our stories together using stunning visuals and with insights from some of the most famous Africans. Soccer fan or not, we believe “The Beautiful Game” will inspire and move you.
Participants in The Beautiful Game include:
- Kofi Annan
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- F.W. de Klerk
- Roger Milla (Cameroon player)
- John Obi Mikel (Nigeria player)
- Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo player)
- Sulley Muntari (Ghana player)
- Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid coach)
- Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast player)
- Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast player)
- Steven Pienaar (South Africa player)
- Abedi Pele (Ghana player)
- Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria player)
- Michael Essien (Ghana player)
- Mahmoud El-Khatib (Egypt player)
- Matthew Booth (South Africa player)
- Femi Kuti (legendary musician)
- will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas
The music in “The Beautiful Game” comes from the fabulous Akwaaba music label.