The Homeless World Cup is an annual event that provides a ball to change the lives of its participants. This international sports competition gives homeless soccer players worldwide a chance to compete and represent their countries. Kicking It documents the journey of these athletes as they arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, for the 2006 games.
Kicking It documentary follows different athletes from around the world living in poverty. Alex, for example, is the captain of Kenya’s team, but he currently cleans toilets to make ends meet–all while dreaming of getting scouted at the games.
The Russian team’s identity is at stake, while sixty-two-year-old Spanish former professional footballer Jesus and Najib from Kabul, Afghanistan, who was displaced due to civil war, have an opportunity to recover. The week of the games, 48 nations will come together and compete on playing fields that were constructed where Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Although countries will keep track of their wins and losses, cultural differences will also be bridged during this time. Moreover, some people might even find love.
So, who invented this amazing movie?
Susan Koch is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director, writer, and producer of documentaries for PBS, MTV, and more. As co-director and producer of Mario’s Story, the film won the Audience Award for best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Koch has also directed the documentary City at Peace and produced an ABC/Nightline special called Remembering a Family, which was about her four family members who were killed on 9/11. In addition, she has made videos and films for various nonprofit groups, such as Women for Women International and the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Furthermore, Koch is a founding board member of Our Voices Together–a nonprofit organization that 9/11 families founded.
Kicking It is Koch’s first feature-length documentary film. The idea for the film came to her when she read an article in National Geographic about how the Homeless World Cup started. Koch was immediately drawn to the stories of the athletes and wanted to share their inspiring experiences with a wider audience.
The film took four years to make and was released in 2008. Koch has said that she hopes the film will change the way people think about homelessness and inspire others to get involved in making a difference.
Since its release, Kicking It has won numerous awards and has been screened at festivals worldwide. In 2009, it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Kicking It is an important film that sheds light on a global issue–homelessness. It is also a reminder that no matter where we come from or what our circumstances may be, we all have the potential to achieve great things.
For more interesting facts, visit the Who Invented library and learn about the amazing world of invetions!