In the last few years football has attracted the interest of a growing number of documentary filmmakers, who through the observation of sport practices often address a variety of social issues, including migrants’ life trajectories, human rights and youth identities. The language of documentary unfolds stories of passion, dreams and resistance lived on and off the football pitch. A selection of some of the best documentary films on football of the recent past will be screened in Dublin through May and June.

The opening film of the 'Football on Screen' series - Football Under Cover - celebrates women's football in the year of the sixth edition of the Women's World Football Cup, which takes place in Germany this summer. The following two films - The Champions and Halftime - are part of a unique long-term film project whose aim is to follow a small group of young players of different ethnic background and origin trying to make a career in professional football.

Thursday, 19th May 2011, 6.30 pm
Goethe Institute, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Football Under Cover
Dirs.: David Assmann, Ayat Najafi, colour, 89 min., Germany 2008

The film is about an extraordinary game played in Tehran between the Iranian women's football team and a Berlin girl's team. To make this game happen, the two teams had to overcome numerous political obstacles. The film received the Teddy award for best documentary and audience favorite at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.

Director David Assmann, scriptwriter Marlene Assmann and protagonist Valerie Assmann will take part in a panel discussion with Noel King, manager of the U21 Ireland football team.

Thursday, 26th May 2011, 6.30 pm
Cineworld, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Die Champions / The Champions
Dir: Christoph Hübner, colour, 129 min, Germany 2003
How many young people dream of a professional career in football? And how many are able to succeed? In 1998 filmmaker Christoph Hübner embarked on a long-term documentary project with the Youth squad of Borussia Dortmund, one of the most successful clubs in Germany. It took three years to complete his film which is about four young football stars from various ethnic backgrounds and their struggle to break into the professional game. It is a story of victories and defeats, personal tragedies and setbacks.


Thursday, 2nd June 2011, 6.30 pm

Cineworld, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

HalbZeit / HalfTime
Dir: Christoph Hübner, colour, 104 min, Germany 2010
After seven years from the first filmic encounter, Hübner went back to the same players to trace what had happened in their lives. Had they fulfilled their dream of a career in football? Or had they quit the game? HalfTime is the moving follow up to The Champions and unfolds an everyday-life-chronicle of four young men living in different countries and continents and their search for living, luck and success.
Christoph Hübner will participate in a panel discussion with James Igwilo, former Nigerian International and Ambassador of Dublin Sport 2010, and Ken Mc Cue, International Officer of SARI.

All films with English subtitles

Football on Screen is organised by the Goethe-Institut Irland, Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and Max Mauro - Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT.

SARI is partner with the Dublin City Council and the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee in the 'Count Us In 2' Education Through Sport Programme.

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