Kickstarter Campaign For Soccer As Social Change Documentary ‘The Beautiful Game’
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Kickstarter Campaign For Soccer As Social Change Documentary ‘The Beautiful Game’

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The Beautiful

Game

is a new documentary which puts its intentions boldly out in front as Outreach Producer

Dollena S. Campbell (producer for the

upcoming El Sistema USA) calls it “a film about soccer in South

Africa as social justice to challenge gender norms, homophobia and heal rape.

The film is produced and directed by Danny Turken, with Sam

Pollard (who edited Spike Lee’s documentaries

When the Levees Broke and Four Little Girls, and also Venus and Serena as well as directed the PBS documentary Slavery By

Another Name) on board as Executive Producer. Campbell became involved with Game when she found out and was appalled

that “men were using corrective rape/violence/and murder on female soccer

players in South Africa (to show them that they are “women” according to the words in the film) because of the stigma of possible homosexuality.

Therefore, as a result The Beautiful Game deals with “the impact

of soccer on women in South Africa– who use their love for the sport to

challenge gender discrimination, gender-based violence and deep-seated cultural

stereotyping– and demonstrate soccer’s ability to transcend all boundaries and

reshape the perception of women throughout the world.

The film has also gotten support from organizations such

as No More, National Alliance To End

Sexual Violence, and famous soccer (and former soccer players), Joanna Lohman and Qiana Martin. 

Martin herself has stressed the importance of the film, saying that “Through my international playing experiences, I have witnessed

firsthand the challenges that many of my fellow teammates have had to face to

simply participate in a sport that they love. And it is my hope that helping to

bring (the film) to viewing audiences will not only yield a safe result for the

incredible women…and others who dare to play soccer, but it will pave the way

for equality, respect and fair treatment for other international sportswomen as

well as all women across the globe.

However the film currently

needs financial support to finish post-production and the filmmakers have started a Kickstarter

campaign to raise the funds for this very worthwhile film.

Go HERE to The Beautful Game’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the film and contribute. You can also reach Ms. Campbell at dollena@weareenchanted.com.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

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