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Africa United

Africa United

Africa United

Debs Gardner-Paterson

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Mark Blaney, Jackie Sheppard, Eric Kabera
  • Executive Producer: Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan, Stefan Allesch-Taylor
  • Screenplay: Rhidian Brook
  • Runtime: 90
  • Programmes:

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their lifelong dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

screening times

    • Saturday September 11
    • 3:30:00 PM
    • Monday September 13
    • 8:00:00 PM
    • VARSITY 7
    • Saturday September 18
    • 6:00:00 PM
    • VARSITY 7

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup this year, but the pride and euphoria surged all the way up the continent. All Africans, especially young ones, embraced the spirit of the game with every new success in the stadiums. Filmmakers leapt at the occasion to showcase dozens of inspiring stories from a continent often beset by bad news. This year’s Festival sees a small collection of uplifting films set in contemporary Africa, but only one grants the World Cup a central role.

It begins in Rwanda. Dudu (Eriya Ndayambaje) is a boy with boundless energy and a beaming smile. Resourceful in the way of kids who’ve always had to make do, he has a dazzling knack for finding fun in any situation. Introduced in his slum neighbourhood, Dudu demonstrates how to make a soccer ball from an inflated condom, some twine and a stray plastic bag. His playmates on the field include the middle-class Fabrice (Roger Nsengiyumva), who excels at the game, although his mother would prefer he devote more time to his studies.

But these kids are soccer mad and in the year when the World Cup seems so close, they can’t resist trying to get near the action and see all the excitement for themselves. They set out (by foot!) to travel from Rwanda to South Africa. The journey is a staggering five-thousand-odd kilometres.

Africa United is a joyous road movie through places where there aren’t always roads. Director Debs Gardner-Paterson gives these kids lots of adventures along the way, both light-hearted and serious. It turns out that, for all his jokes, Dudu is living with a secret that may force the boy to confront his mortality all too soon. But as they cross border after border on the way to South Africa, the kids gather new friends who can help them face all the obstacles in their collective path.

Cameron Bailey

director bio

Debs Gardner-Paterson wasborn in Taiwan, educated insouthern India and northern England, and has lived, worked and travelled allover Asia, Africa, Americaand Europe. She is fourth generation Rwandanand has directed several award-winning short films. Africa United (10) is her firstfeature film.

full credits

Principal Cast: Eriya Ndayambaje,Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Roger Nsengiyumva,Sherrie Silver, Yves Dusenge
Mark Blaney, Jackie Sheppard, Eric Kabera
Executive Producer:
Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan, Stefan Allesch-Taylor
Sean Bobbit
Victoria Boydell
Bernie Gardner
Production Designer:
Mike Gunn
International Sales Agent:
 Pathé International
Production Company:
Foot Print Films Ltd., Link Media
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