Tribeca/ ESPN Sports Film Festival: April 25- May 6

A fantastic offering for soccer lovers. The Tribeca Film Festival, one of the premiere showcases of new films and new movie directors opening in NY on April 25th will have a special section on sports. And there are a number of movies with soccer as a theme.
Heading them (pun intended) is Michael Apted’s documentary The Power of the Game.
The Power of the Game, a documentary directed by Michael Apted (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. Six stories intertwine in this dramatic and moving examination of the social impact of soccer across the world. Juxtaposing thrilling footage from games leading to and throughout the 2006 World Cup, Apted highlights stories of triumph over adversity from around the globe and skillfully conveys the remarkable transformative power of this sport. In English, French and Spanish.
Christopher Browne’s Sons of Sakhnin United. A look at how Arabs and Jews can resolve their differences on the soccer field.
Sons of Sakhnin United, a documentary directed by Christopher Browne (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. Jews and Arabs striving for a common goal can seem unlikely in today’s world, and yet-as depicted in this insightful documentary-the small Arab town of Sakhnin has been united by sport. Beating the odds in a quixotic quest for Israel’s State Cup, the multi-ethnic soccer team B’nei Sakhnin battles to maintain their premier league status. In English, Hebrew and Arabic.
Carlos Sorin’s The Road to St.Diego
Diego Maradona is a legend in soccer, epitomizing the complete player. Maradona has never held back in life and soccer, and is most beloved by his countrymen. A regular fixture at the Bombanera following the fortunes of his club, Boca Juniors, his bouts of ill health become national obsessions. A young Argentine backwoodsman learns that soccer star Diego Maradona is ailing in a Buenos Aires hospital, and resolves to bring him a tree root he’s uncovered — which he’s certain looks just like his idol. Tracing a pilgrimage filled with humor, Sorin spins a delightfully offbeat tale about the roles that fate, religion and idolatry can play in life.
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