Here are three films from the African continent that exemplify just how much football (soccer) means to the younger generations. The African Diaspora Film Festival screened each of these films in tandem with the Paley Center for Media this past month.
Le Ballon d'or (dir. Cheik Doukouré)
Country: Republic of Guinea
(Note: I have a few beefs with the opening of this clip. Take a wild guess)
Streetball (dir: Demetrius Wren)
Country: South Africa
The Ball (dir: Orlando Mesquita)
You can still catch Le Ballon d'or at the Paley Center for Media from July 2nd through the 4th. All screenings @ 4PM. More info here. If you're in the midtown area and need a FREE place to catch the World Cup games, the Paley Center (in tandem with Coca-Cola) is screening the games through July 11th. More info here. In addition, don't miss Joseph Peter's collection of collages, photographs, and multimedia installations entitled Africa Celebrates! The World Cup at the Paley Center through September 12th.