83 Min | Canada + Ireland + Scotland | 2016 | English Language | Directed and Written by Michael McNamara, Created by Jay Baruchel and Eoin O’Callaghan
Celtic Soul follows Canadian actor and funny man Jay Baruchel on an epic road trip through Canada, Ireland and Scotland with his new friend, well-known Irish soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan. It’s a story that spans 200 years of colorful history and that will take the duo eastward from Montreal to Westport, Ireland – where Jay’s ancestors set sail for Canada, like so many others – and finally Glasgow, where Jay will fulfill a lifelong dream: to watch a match at Celtic Park, one of the wildest and most hallowed grounds in world football.
Football For Better or Worse
72 Min | Sweden | 2017 | English Subtitles | Directed by Inger Molin
FC Rosengård is one of the world's top women’s clubs. But that doesn’t mean everything is easy. This timely documentary explores the inherent struggles of women’s football, following the team through a dramatic year of triumph and loss. Led by new sporting director Therese Sjögran and Brazilian star Marta, the club fights every day to lift the women’s game. Can they win?
Argentina Football Club
83 Min | Argentina | 2010 | English Subtitles | Directed by Juan Pablo Roubio
Singing. Shouting. Hysteria. Argentina lives for futbol. The battle between Boca Juniors and River Plate is not just about sports; it is an ever enduring struggle for identity. In Buenos Aires, Argentina historic tensions swell not only between teams Boca Juniors and River Plate, but also between working and ruling class in the days preceding the big game. Anticipation builds among players and fans. For these futbol fanatics, the game means everything—it symbolizes strength, unity, and power. The entire country awaits the epic Clásico with fans from both sides clashing to defend their team. The audience scrutinizes every move the players make: the spitting, the cursing, the fighting. Every goal heralds chanting and taunting of the opposing team. They want respect. They want honor. They want to win. Through a cultural lens, this film provides an intimate look into the Argentina Futbol Club, its players and its fans, to reveal its resonance and impact throughout the nation. Argentina Futbol Club takes a journalistic approach to exploring a culture whose very identity meshes profoundly with its involvement in soccer. Interviews with Argentine players, fans, and sports journalists color this film and illuminate the impact this sport asserts in Argentinean society. Though the film will especially excite sports fans, the cultural, historical, and artistic aspects of AFC are sure to capture audiences from a number of diverse social arenas.
76 Min | USA | 2013 | English Language | Directed by Eugene Martin
The Anderson Monarchs is about an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia. Nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as "Sports Team" of the year, they were also hailed as "the future of American Soccer" in the London newspaper, The Guardian.
The documentary follows two girls, Jlon, age 11, and Kahlaa, age 10, through their formative years from 2009 to 2011. As the girls grow as soccer players, they learn more about their own abilities. Bodies and minds become healthier, aspirations grow, and new dreams are formed. Barriers start to fall by the side as they become confident in school. Marian Anderson, when asked about the time when she was denied the right to sing in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., replied, "I had no bitterness and I have no bitterness now, because we look for bigger things, and if you're all right on the inside, you don't have to worry about things like that".
The Anderson Monarchs, like their namesake Marian Anderson, are making history. By seeking a level playing field, they are changing how they are perceived. They are also setting the stage for other girls far and wide to walk in their footsteps. The real messages of the film are grounded in social justice, the right to be treated equally, and freedom. Most importantly, the film celebrates the rights of young women and the community they are building for themselves as talented athletes, emerging scholars, and leaders. Their remarkable story brings them to a place they only ever imagined in their dreams.
L'ALLENATORE DEI SOGNI (THE DREAM COACH)
51 Min | Italy | 2014 | English Subtitles | Directed by Christian Nicoletta
Sergio Vatta employed his poetic idea of soccer as coach of the Torino FC youth team from 1976 to 1991 and of the Italian Youth National teams from 1991 to 1997. While there, he developed such players as Dino Baggio and Diego Fuser, and coached the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti.
Vatta invented a new approach in sport education, with a strong focus on the personal and social aspects of the players. The film is a discourse about soccer but also an invitation to believe again in the dreams we had as kids.
MESSI & ME
27 min | USA + Iceland | 2018 | English Language | Directed by Renny Maslow
In the summer of 2013, former college player Matt Eliason scored this amazing bicycle kick goal while playing in an exhibition with superstar Lionel Messi.
This is the story of what happened next.
After graduating as Northwestern University's all time leading goal scorer, Matt Eliason failed to make the draft for Major League Soccer. Two years later, he had all but hung up his boots for a desk job in Chicago, when he received a text from his former college coach Tim Lenahan, “You interested in playing against Messi next Saturday? Seriously.” The world’s greatest player was bringing a cast of international superstars to play a ‘friendly’ match at Chicago’s Soldier Field, but half the professionals had dropped out. Completely out of shape and having played nothing but coed-league kickball for the past year, Matt had a week to prepare for the biggest soccer stage of his career.
Broadcast globally on ESPN, Eliason would share the field with soccer deities like Aimar, Mascherano, Cesar and of course Messi. It was in the 28th minute that he received a chip from Thierry Henry in front of the goal. Instead of passing it right back, Eliason popped it up off his chest and hurled his body backwards, striking the ball in a spectacular bicycle kick. The blistering shot blew past the flailing goalkeeper, and the stadium erupted for some guy they’d never heard of.
ESPN named Eliason’s goal the number one play of the week and the clip went viral, receiving nearly four million hits on YouTube. Football clubs from all over the world started calling, and Eliason would earn a spot playing striker for Throttur FC in Reykjavic, Iceland.
Having never left Chicago before, Matt embarked on the journey of a lifetime to play the game he loved on a volcanic island in the North Atlantic with twenty-two hours of daylight.
Messi & Me follows Matt Eliason on this unexpected journey to pursue a dream he had all but given up on.
94 Min | USA | 2018 | English Language | Directed by Peter Karl + Petar Madjarac
In 2014, four American filmmakers and college friends undertake a four-month journey through Latin America to the World Cup in Brazil. Over 7,000 miles and 8 countries, they explore Latin America's passion for fútbol and emerge not only with a newfound understanding of the Americas, but also a deeper respect for the power of the beautiful game.
BARCA: THE INSIDE STORY! (FC BARCELONA CONFIDENTIAL)
FC Barcelona is the biggest football club in the world. Its 102,000 shareholder members all have seats at the Nou Camp, Europe's biggest stadium and the right, every four years, to elect the Club President the dream job for thousands of ambitious, patriotic Catalans. In 2003, thanks to poor domestic performances and a spiraling debt, the club sank into the worst crisis in its 100 year history. With the promise of root and branch reform, a new regime was ushered in under the leadership of the charismatic Joan Laporta. With unprecedented and exclusive access, directors Webster and Hernandez spent a year at the Nou Camp documenting the new boards efforts to turn an old fashioned Catalan family affair into a global football business.
Amid the centuries-old rabble and strife that continue to tear the Middle East asunder, documentarian Christopher Browne's film Sons of Sakhnin United uncovers a unique ray of hope.
Browne journeys to the small northern Israeli town of Sakhnin, camera-in-tow, to document the astonishing sociocultural impact of the B'nei Sakhnin soccer team - a team comprised of both Arabic and Israeli players who have managed to establish a lasting truce via peaceful co-existence on the sports field. The strategy not only creates effective teamwork among the individual players, but has propelled them to the reception of the Israeli State Cup.
Given the team's position as a tiny oasis in a bellicose and blood-soaked region of the world, Browne's film asks the key question of how this phenomenon can occur and sustain itself within the Middle East; it also observes from the sidelines as the B'nei Sakhnin fight to retain their title.
CASUALS: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion
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The extraordinary insightful filmed story of an often over-looked youth subculture that swept across cities like Liverpool, Manchester and London when notorious football firms stole expensive designer sportswear from the countries they visited. It didn't start with the high-street giants telling these lads what to wear. Instead, they set the trends and the high-street stores caught up. As the 1980s began in Britain, under the radar the 'casual' had already arrived. The film includes recently-unearthed archive footage and gives insightful interviews with personalities like Peter Hooton, who were at the heart of the story at a time when football and fashion mattered more than corporate hospitality and sanitized stadiums.