So, it turns out that in fact Soka Afrika, due to the unfolding nature of the news, has been shifted on the Al Jazeera schedule. The film will no longer be showing tonight on Al Jazeera English, but in fact on 30th November 2011.
Apologies for the confusion, but we’ll be coming to a screen near you sooner than you think!
Next on our agenda of festivals is the superb MiradasDoc Festival in Tenerife, Spain. It takes place between 28th October and 5th November 2011 and we’ve been officially selected there. Which is nice.
Furthermore, and this is where things get exciting, Al Jazeera Eng have decided to take a break from covering the Arab spring so excellently and are showing Soka Afrika, the 58 minute version, on their brilliant Witness strand of documentaries. This will start showing at 20.00 GMT on Wednesday 26th October with further slots over the course of the following week.
Can’t wait to see it on the telly!
Another day and another lovely piece about Soka Afrika and African football : http://thinkafricapress.com/culture/untold-story-soka-africa
Lagun Akinloye gets into some detail on the issues lying at the heart of the malaise in African football. Especially poignant I feel are his anecdotes about the lack of crowd attendance at what were once fierce local derbies in Nigeria. People would rather watch Bolton vs Fulham on TV than spend money going to see their local team play.
Not a sustainable situation…
After the success of Soka Afrika at the Kicking & Screening festival, it’s now the turn of the feature-length film to shine at 2011’s Raindance Film Festival. Not only will the full 76 minute version be playing in the excellent surroundings of the Apollo Cinema in London’s Piccadilly Circus, but, as a bonus, founder of NGO Culture Foot Solidaire - Jean Claude Mbvoumin - will be there to discuss human trafficking in football in a post-film Q&A.
Soka Afrika will be showing at 12.20pm this Sunday 9th October. Buy your tickets now here.
If you’re hungry afterwards you could also pop along to the exciting Inamo St-James for an interactive and tasty lunch, where Jean Claude and producer Sam Potter will be continuing the discussion.
Look forward to seeing you down there!