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, decides 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 vicissitudes of "Darfur United" team and its players.
They're trying to complete a long and complex path, from refugees to citizens.