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AfriDocs - Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: Football In February!

By Lara Preston
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Football in February! Join AfriDocs for a feast of football films this February, including the ever-entertaining Football Rebelsseries that profiles the likes of Didier Drogba, Rachid Mekhloufi, and Sócrates. These engaging and entertaining stories are about more than just the game but also about the power of the football and footballers to overcome violence, war and hardship.

Nigeria is also in the spotlight this month with Portrait of a Lone Farmer, a feature documentary about a Danish-Nigerian family torn apart by geography. This beautiful and evocative film speaks to the heartache of migration and separation.

Like football, music also has the power to heal and unite, AfriDocs presents two feature documentaries that highlight the power of music and dance.

Indonesia’s Jalanan ('Streetside') tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho & Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta over a tumultuous 5-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia.

AfriDocs also presents the hugely popular Shake The Dust, a film that chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond.

AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Fridays and Sundays. For all film and scheduling information, visit www.Afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs .

11 February
PORTRAIT OF A LONE FARMER
Jide Akinleminu | Nigeria, Denmark, Germany | 2013 | 73 min

Portrait of a Lone Farmer is a feature documentary about a Danish-Nigerian family torn apart by geography. When the filmmaker Jide, for the first time in five years, travels to Nigeria to re-connect with his father, we see through his camera the unfolding of a story about family, love, and legacy. It is a quiet and stunning portrait of a broken family trying to heal, one in which the drama occurs in their mutual understanding.

Best Documentary, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2014

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FOOTBALL REBELS: CASZELY AND THE DEMISE OF ALLENDE

Gilles Perez & Gilles Rof | Chile | 2012 | 26 min

This episode tells the story of Carlos Caszely, who was one of the rare top-caliber footballers to openly defy the dictator Pinochet in 1973.

18 February
SHAKE THE DUST
Adam Sjoberg | Global | 2014 | 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Seattle International Film Festival 2014

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FOOTBALL REBELS: MEKLOUFI AND THE FLN TEAM
Gilles Perez & Gilles Rof | Algeria, France | 2012 | 26 min

This episode features Rachid Mekhloufi, a player with the French football team, who during the Algerian war, chose to go underground and rally his country to defend Algeria in 1958, in the FLN football team.

25 February
JALANAN
Daniel Ziv | Indonesia | 2013 | 108 min
JALANAN ('Streetside') tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho & Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta over a tumultuous 5-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia. The film follows the young marginalized musicians and their never before seen sub-culture, while also painting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians' original compositions to drive the film, it traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects of globalization and corruption.

Winner, Best Documentary, BUSAN, 2013

AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Sundays – www.afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs

You can also follow AfriDocs on twitter: @Afri_Docs