|Produced by||:||Produzioni Fuorifuoco|
|Genre||:||Creative Documentary, Bio|
|Format / Language||:||HD / English (Italian subtitles)|
From genocide to the World Cup, the incredible story of Darfur United
To break the indifference on Darfur humanitarian crisis, an enterprising activist must create an all-refugee national football team and compete in the World Cup.
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In 2005 Gabriel Stauring, a young and enthusiast activist from California, decided to create an N.G.O. and move to Africa - always with a camera in his hand - to help the thousands of refugees from Darfur escaping from a cruel, dramatic civil war in Sudan.
Eight years after, Gabriel's enthusiasm is far less: nobody is any longer interested in his mission.
What could he do, to capture the world's attention?
In 2012, he creates "Darfur United", a soccer team made of young Darfuri refugees living in the camps of Chad, representing an unexisting state.
"These are not refugees", Gabriel provokes, "don't look at them as refugees, this is just football".
Through exclusive access to 500 hours of video footage directly filmed by Gabriel and the other film's characters in over 15 years, Not Just Football follows the story of "Darfur United" players, from the dust of the refugee camps to the lights of the Football World Cup.
They're trying to complete a long and complex path, from refugees to citizens.
Not Just Football.
Gabriel is the Founder and Executive Director at i-ACT, a California based non-profit.
In addition to visiting the refugee camps more than 20 times, Gabriel has spearheaded campaigns such as the 100-Day Fast for Darfur, Camp Darfur, and innovative programs like Darfur United and Little Ripples.
In 2012 Gabriel founded "Darfur United". Not just a football team formed to take part in an international competition, but much more. A team that represents an entire people, and a way to raise attention on Darfuri people, using a simple, attractive language: football. After all these years, he considers the people of Darfur no longer as someone to help, but as his closest friends.
Moubarag is part of Darfur United team since its formation. He is a talentuous soccer player, but his life has been full of sport accidents. In 2014, during the 1st match against Padania, he had a serious injury.
Days after, only 10 team players remained available, since many of them had escaped from the tournament to ask for asylum in Sweden. Moubarag was still injured, but he succeeded in playing, thus becoming Gabriel’s personal hero.
Today Moubarag lives in Ostersund, Swden, where he decided to stay after the match. He is studying enlish, he has just received a 2-years valid visa and is trying to insert himself into swedesh society, working for OFK.
Ismail is Darfur United’s goalkeeper. More than a decade ago his mother was walking in the market when their village was attacked by militia.
Her husband was shot and as he lay wounded, he told her to gather their seven children and escape.
Ismail’s mother walked with her children for 20 days across the desert, with no food or water in a bid to reach the border of neighbouring Chad. For almost 11 years, Ismail and his family have lived in a tented refugee camp in Chad.
In 2014 he went with Darfur United team to Sweden, and one night he run away and tried to ask for asylum, first in Norway, than in Sweden.
Today he lives in Ostersund, Sweden.
Born in Bra (Italy), 1976.
In 2014 he’s author of Barolo Boys. The Story of a Revolution, one of the most successful italian independent documentaries of the year.
Langhe Doc - Stories of heretics in the Italy of warehouses (52’ - 2011)
The Runner (52’ - 2010)
The People of Terra Madre (26’ - 2009)
Produzioni Fuorifuoco is a video production and distribution house based Bra, Italy
In our filmography there are documentary movies like Barolo Boys.The Story of a Revolution and Langhe Doc. Stories of heretics in the Italy of warehouses, these last two in the nominees for David di Donatello prize, the Oscar for italian documentary movies.
i-ACT is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization based in Redondo Beach, CA
i-ACT seeks to empower individuals within communities, institutions, and governments to take personal responsibility to act on behalf of those affected by genocide, mass atrocities, and crimes against humanity.
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