Coach Zoran and his African Tigers - Sunday 8 June
Sunday 8 June 5:30pm
Location: Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Running time: 75 minutes
Director: Sam Benstead
In July 2011, after 50 years of bloody civil war, South Sudan became an independent state. Now, the new nation is seeking to make a mark on the international sporting stage by forming its first national football team. But before a ball is kicked, they will need a coach.
Enter the indomitable Zoran Djordjevic, a cantankerous Serb with a long and eclectic coaching CV. Sam Benstead’s film follows Zoran and the squad over their first year, from the hunt for new players, to the installation of a sheep named Champion as team mascot, and the first team’s international games.
Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser, who recently went on mission to South Sudan, will be joining the Q&A with director Sam Benstead.
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