A film by Paolo Casalis
OUT IN 2018
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.
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.