On 30 June 2002, the World Soccer Cham­pi­onships final took place in Japan, between Germany and Brazil. Earlier that day, another final took place, between the numbers 202 and 203 of the world rank­ings. The national team of Bhutan — a country roughly located between India and China — played, watched by hundreds of Bhutan supporters and the world press, a home match against the best players of Montserrat, a volcanic Caribbean island. Johan Kramer regis­tered the game — organ­ised by Dutchman Matthijs de Jongh — and the bumpy road to this final. The scenes with the prepa­ra­tions both on Montserrat and in Bhutan are inter­larded with short inter­views with author­i­ties and star’ players. More impor­tantly than the match itself, different cultures are brought together, which results for instance in a unique rendi­tion of world hit Hot hot hot (of Montserrat singer Arrow) by the soccer fans of Bhutan.

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KesselsKramer
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KesselsKramer
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: The Other Final
Year: 2002
Duration : 1 hour, 18 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

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