The coming of the World Cup of Soccer for the first time to the African continent, in 2010, was seen as the flowering of the South African achievement: the destruction of institutionalized racism. Nelson Mandela’s vision was for a “rainbow nation” of equality, love and reconciliation. Did that promise come true?
Five individuals – a former white racist policeman; a young soccer star from the townships; a former Zulu warlord who denies the blood on his hands; the sister of a murdered African National Congress leader; and a wealthy white lawyer who lost everything because of the disgrace of an interracial love affair – all went through hell during the Apartheid years, and have emerged, thanks to the power of faith, family and belief in their country, with personal victories. Their stories unfold as we witness the anticipation of the World Cup, a huge symbolic importance in Africa where soccer is much, much more than a game.
Directors: Jane Lipman & Robin Benger
Producers: Cogent/Benger Productions (Canada), Current Affairs Hambrook Communication (South Africa),
Length: 52 minutes
Languages: English, French
Partners:CNC (The French Film Board), NFVF (South Africa), Gauteng Film Commission (South Africa), Vision TV (Canada), Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Tax Credit
Broadcasters: LCP-AN (France), Telesud (Worldwide), VRT (Belgium), Vision TV (Canada), RDI (Canada), TG4 (Ireland), TV5 Monde (Worldwide), Fox & SABC (South Africa), RTM (Morocco)