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Team (The)
Pays concerné : Kenya
Durée : 80 minutes
Genre : société
Type : documentaire


Un film de Patrick Reed | Canada | 1h20′


As their country teeters on the brink of civil unrest, Kenyans scramble to produce a TV soap opera about a soccer team, hoping to bridge ethnic divisions. Can the lowliest of art forms achieve the loftiest of goals-real social change?

Kenya has long been considered Africa’s success story-relatively stable and ethnically harmonious. But, following the December 2007 Presidential election everything changed. A voting controversy split the country along ethnic lines, pushing Kenya to civil war. The international community intervened, a fragile peace was brokered, and a Truth and Reconciliation framework put in place. But as ethnic suspicion and violence continue to paralyze the country, many dismiss these actions as hollow political theatre.

An alternative local response is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, « THE TEAM, » following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences, both on and off the pitch.

There’s inherent drama behind any TV production: will deadlines be met; will it be good? But here the stakes are exponentially higher: if you don’t captivate an audience, you risk further losing your country. « THE TEAM » is an intense, character-driven documentary offering a unique look at youth culture and popular media, following characters on and off the set, exploring how lives are reflected in the soap, and vice-versa. What can a soap opera achieve in a place desperate for change but teetering on the brink? Watch and see.

Director: Patrick Reed
Producers: Peter Raymont, Kelly Jenkins, Patrick Reed
Photography: Chris Romeike
Editing: Michèle Hozer
Sound: Ao Loo
Music: Mark Korven
Production Company: White Pine Pictures

UK Classification: None
Subtitles: Yes
Voiceover: No
Countries: Kenya/Canada
Length: 80 min
Colour: Yes

Produced by White Pine Pictures with the participation of Stories of Change, a project of The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program supported by the Skoll Foundation, ITVS International and The Canwest-Hot Docs Completion Fund. In Association with The Knowledge Network.

Worldwide Distribution: Films Transit International


World Premiere at IDFA 2010
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nov. 19 – Dec. 5, 2010
Skoll World Forum 2011, (Oxford, England)
Human Rights Watch Film Festival (London, England) 27 – 28 March 2011

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Saturday, April 16th, 1:20pm, Cinema Four

HOT DOCS, 2011 – CANADIAN PREMIERE (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Sunday, May 1st, 7pm, The Royal
Saturday, May 7th, 6.45pm, The Royal Ontario Museum
Sunday, May 8th, 7pm, The Revue

The London International Documentary Festival
Saturday, May 21st, 6.30pm, The Horse Hospital

Yorkton Film Festival, 2011 (May 26-29)

Berkshire International Film Festival (Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA)
Saturday, June 4th, 11.30pm, Triplex Cinema # 3

New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Tuesday, June 21st, 6.30pm, Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater
Wednesday, June 22rd, 9pm, Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater
Thursday, June 23rd, 4pm, Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater

Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival
Saturday, June 25th, 3.00pm
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