Kicking It

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This ESPN film is a documentary that takes a look at global homelessness through the lens of an international football (or soccer, in America) tournament for homeless people.

In 2001, a Scot and an Austrian decided to help homeless people transform their lives, with football, by founding The Homeless World Cup. Word traveled quickly and after five years about 20,000 homeless men and women from around the world were involved in the all-year programs to come together to learn how teamwork and discipline could give them a chance at a better life. Each year, the season culminates with 500 people, 8 players from 48 countries, going to compete in their international tournament. The chosen players would travel to Cape Town, South Africa to represent their countries. The documentary follows these interesting characters as they share their stories of their struggles and challenges they have faced in their lives living in the streets.

We meet players from all over the world. A young man from Ireland who who can’t recall ever being off drugs; a man from Nairobi who lives in a slum along with half a million others; a 62-year-old former bank robber from Spain; an angry young man from the streets of North Carolina, USA; and an Afghan who has been homeless as a result of over 20 years of civil war in his country. Each player has their own unique and amazing story.

The tournament now takes place on  a yearly basis.

Win or lose, through this tournament, these players are in for a journey of a lifetime.

Narrated by Colin Farrell.

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