The African Dream - De peetvaders van Soweto

Hans Heijnen Short documentary - 1998 - 38 min.

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Episode from a series of five TV documentaries about the rise of African soccer. The new South Africa is confronted with high unemployment and increasing violence, especially in the townships. For kids from Soweto, a soccer career can be a way of escaping social misery and a future in crime. Balls or Bullets follows Peter Chanke, president of the Mighty Eagles Soccer Club, that wants to keep kids out of crime through soccer training. He also has the silent hope that he can prepare the kids for a future World Cup, although one of them - his own son - has a very different view. In the meantime, the trainer speculates with his friends about the Soweto soccer team's chances in a match on TV against Congo.

Credits

Director(s) Hans Heijnen
Producer(s) Annemiek van der Zanden
Production Company Zuidenwind Filmprodukties
Director of Photography
Editing
Ewoud Hendriksen
Mixing
Ewoud Hendriksen
Sound on Set
Production Country
Netherlands