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Patrick Reed, 2010
Canada | English and Swahili with English subtitles | 80 minutes
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Can one TV show save a nation? Calm has returned to Kenya after the deadly post-election violence of 2007, but persistent discrimination among ethnic groups has left the country a powder keg that could easily reignite. Patrick Reed’s remarkable film brings us behind the scenes of an innovative television series which aims to ease tribal tensions and set the stage for open dialogue and understanding. The storyline focuses on a tribally diverse soccer team who must find ways to overcome deep-rooted hatred and work together to succeed. Thousands of viewers across Kenya gather together in community centers to watch the story unfold –building mutual understanding and acceptance with each episode. Yet, the message may come too late as the actors themselves may become victims of the discrimination they have been so passionately seeking to combat.
Presented in association with National Black Programming Consortium