On My Radar: Film - “Coach Zoran and his African Tigers”.
Despite my qualms with the title of the film (why couldn’t they have referred to them more specifically as ‘South Sudanese’ and not simply ‘African’?), after watching this trailer, I am highly intrigued by the premise of this film.
On the surface, this 2013-made film by director Sam Benstead documents a year in the life of a group of young men from South Sudan hand-picked to represent their newly independent country at their first international game, and eventually the country’s first major football tournament, and their often conflicted relationship with their overzealous Serbian coach, Zoran Djordjevic. Larger than that, the film brings to light multiple layers of stories surrounding the birth of a new nation - from the harsh realities of the world of international sports, to the always incredible nature of man’s spirit of endurance, even when misinterpreted.
All Africa, All the time.