Award-winning director Tim Pritchard will co-host London’s premier screening of STREET KIDS UNITED at the Lexi Cinema on Tuesday 29th November. Vuyani Madolo coach of the South African street child team will accompany Tim.
Street Kids United is a documentary feature about a team of homeless children, story chosen to represent South Africa in the first ever Street Child World Cup. These children from the host Umthombo project see football as a way to a better and brighter future.
Andile, cure from the Umthombo organisation said:
“When people see us by the streets, they say that we are the street boys. But when they see us playing soccer, they say that we are people like them. They are people like us”.
The film reflects the power of football to give those most marginalised and vulnerable children a voice to tell their stories and to share their hopes and dreams for a better life.
According to John Wroe, a founder of Street Child World Cup: “So many films are about celebrities; this was about people without power. There is no Hollywood twist in Street Kids United. All the kids at Umthombo are full of life and have stories which should be heard”.
The screening will be followed by an introduction and Q&A session with award-winning filmmaker and Street Kids United Director Tim Pritchard and Vuyani “Biza” Madolo from Umthombo Street Children. The film which premiered at the Berlin Film festival has received wide spread acclaim.
“No game lays claim to being a ‘world game’ more than football.” says F&ME ‘s Mike Downey, “It is truly a globalised phenomenon from the glitter and riches of the European leagues to the dreams of children growing up in third world poverty. Football’s appeal extends across nations, cultures, religion and class. We hope this film will do the same. And in doing so, give a voice to street children all over the world. ”
Director: Tim Pritchard
Producers: Sandy Markwick, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor
Production Companies: Film and Music Entertainment, Ten10, Elfin Production
– Editors notes –
The UN estimates that there are 100 million children worldwide living and working on the streets. Each child has a story, each child has a goal and each child deserves a home away from abuse. Across five continents, through the power of football the Street Child World Cup unites their voices, shares their stories and demands their rights. No longer will these children be seen and not heard.
In 2014 the beautiful game returns to its spiritual home: Brazil. This time street children from up to 20 countries will be united. The teams will be drawn from a network of outstanding street child projects from around the world.
The participating children will be aged 14 to 16 and will all have lived on the streets. Boys and girls will take part in separate football tournaments. The event will involve teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.
Film and Music Entertainment is one of the UK’s most successful and prolific independent production companies. It was formed by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor in January 2000 with the aim of financing and producing feature films. Stephen Daldry (three-time Oscar-nominated, director of Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader) acts as Chairman of the Board and as executive producer.
With over 30 films under it’s belt, including a winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, an Academy Award Nominee and multiple official entries in the Sundance, Berlin, Montreal, Toronto, San Sebastian and Locarno film festivals, the Film and Music Entertainment brand has over the last decade become synonymous with the production of quality feature films.
Umthombo empowers street children and aims to change the realities that they face and make an impact on policy. It began as an outreach and aftercare organisation and has since grown to accommodate many of the children, giving them counselling and support. Umthombo’s Durban model is pioneering the idea of providing alternatives to street life through engagement and therapeutic interventions and focuses on addressing the traumas associated with the children’s experiences. Umthombo’s team is a fusion of social working professionals and trained former street children who have a unique understanding of the realities of the street child experience
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”