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…
As a bonus to our Raindance UK premiere on 9th October (see previous post) we have the pleasure of announcing that Soka Afrika star and founder of NGO Foot Solidaire, Jean Claude Mbvoumin, will be attending the screening and closing night gala of the festival. The former Cameroon international is coming to London especially for the event and apart from being the world’s leading expert on the trafficking of African youths in football, he’s also a damn good bloke!
Jean Claude will be available alongside producer Sam Potter to answer questions after the film. So come along, see a great film and enjoy an afternoon of interesting discussion. Buy your tickets here.