Sideline

  • Runtime80 min
  • DirectorJoost Wynant, Maarten Goffin, Louis Pons
  • GenreDocumentary
  • Released2018

Written by JOOST WYNANT  MAARTEN GOFFIN  LOUIS PONS I Director of Photography ALEXANDER DE BACKER  RENAAT LAMBEETS I Original Music STURM UND KLANG I

Edited by THOMAS POOTERS GERT VAN BERCKELAER  JOOST WYNANT I Sound Edit & Mix  JEF AERTS I Produced by GERT VAN BERCKELAER

A co-production with CANVAS

Supported by

FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND I BRUSSELS CAPITAL REGION I THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND HUMANITARIAN AID I

CREATIVE EUROPE I BELGIAN TAX SHELTER

 


Every day millions of passionate African football talents practice on sandy football pitches. These young players only have one goal: to become a big star on the European fields.

Often it is their only chance to escape the poverty which they and their families have to endure. Local football brokers scour these places in search for talent which they hope to be able to sell to a foreign club.

After sustaining serious injuries, MOSES (28) – a former premier league player from Nigeria – is forced to accept that his football career has come to an end. In order to stay in the game, he transforms himself into a talent scout and embarks on a mission to bring young and aspiring African players to Europe. Tempting them with big promises that seem impossible to keep, Moses soon finds himself entangled in football’s infamous player trade, a system he once loathed himself. Because Moses once too was one of the thousands of African football players that come to Europe to follow in the footsteps of their heroes Sadio Mané, Yaya Touré, Didier Drogba and many others. But only a happy few will succeed in building a professional career on a European football pitch.

For every successful African football player, thousands remain in the shadows, not making it professionally, and not able to return to Africa, out of shame and fear of disappointing their families back home. They keep roaming around Europe, with no papers and no safety net. You can find these stranded players on fields in the suburbs of large European cities.

There, they train to stay fit, hoping as yet for their breakthrough.

screenings

  • 12/05/2019 21:50 CANVAS

in the media

Sporta Magazine : Katrien Hertogs

Naar Europa gelokt om in de schaduw te trainen … ‘Sideline’, een bijzondere voetbaldocumentaire

Read the full review here (in Dutch)

Knack Sportmagazine : Kevin Van der Auwera

” De nieuwe Vlaamse documentaire ‘Sideline’ volgt Afrikaanse voetballers die met mooie praatjes naar hier gelokt zijn, maar in de vergeetput terechtkwamen. De makers willen niet alleen de problematiek schetsen, maar hopen ook bakens te verzetten. “

Read the full review here (in Dutch)

De Docupdate : Helmut Boeijen

Read the full review here (in Dutch)
    • 2019
    • Talliin Black Nights Film Festival
    • International Premiere
    • 2018
    • Film Festival Ostend
    • World Premiere
    • 2018
    • FESTIVAL VAN DE GELIJKHEID
  • Runtime80 min
  • DirectorJoost Wynant, Maarten Goffin, Louis Pons
  • GenreDocumentary
  • Released2018

screenings

  • 12/05/2019 21:50 CANVAS

in the media

Sporta Magazine : Katrien Hertogs

Naar Europa gelokt om in de schaduw te trainen … ‘Sideline’, een bijzondere voetbaldocumentaire

Read the full review here (in Dutch)

Knack Sportmagazine : Kevin Van der Auwera

” De nieuwe Vlaamse documentaire ‘Sideline’ volgt Afrikaanse voetballers die met mooie praatjes naar hier gelokt zijn, maar in de vergeetput terechtkwamen. De makers willen niet alleen de problematiek schetsen, maar hopen ook bakens te verzetten. “

Read the full review here (in Dutch)

De Docupdate : Helmut Boeijen

Read the full review here (in Dutch)