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Featuring cinematography by Nick Fitzhugh and Pete Muller and still photography by Pete Muller.
Race. Class. Poverty. Faith. Hope. Soccer. Welcome to Alex––the largest and most notorious township in South Africa where soccer is lived, not played.
With the first ever FIFA World Cup in Africa as a backdrop, witness the cultural importance of soccer in township South Africa through the lives of five individuals born and raised in the oldest and toughest of South Africa’s townships, Alexandra, locally known as ‘Alex.’ Seventeen-year-old dribbling sensation Nancy ‘Maradona’ Majola, former national team player Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane, current professional Patrick ‘Raiden’ Phungwayo, 69-year-old Jacob ‘Babes’ Bopape one of the first professional soccer players in South Africa, and scholarship-winner Ricardo ‘Rico’ Kutumela will all take you into a culture dominated by soccer and into a storied township still largely unknown and misunderstood even among South Africans.
| Rough Diamonds |
Meet sixty-nine year-old Jacob "Babes" Bopape. He is a true man of the people, a product of apartheid South Africa, and an incredibly articulate wealth of information both historical and current. Babes tell us his story and shows us the challenges facing the youth of South Africa.
| Welcome to Alex |
|Workin' It||$1.00 $1.99|
|Girls vs. Boys||$1.00 $1.99|
|Tournament Day||$1.00 $1.99|
| Soweto City Cup |
Soweto City Cup
Patrick Phunwayo is one of just five professional soccer players from Alex. Meet and hear from his coach, a former English Premier League player, as he gives us a tour of one of the most exciting new development systems in South Africa during the Soweto City Cup.
| Rising Star |
Patrick "Raiden" Phungwayo is something of a celebrity in Alex, particularly with the young bar-going crowd and who can blame them. Everyone wants to play soccer professionally and he's doing it! Yet behind the glamour are the sometimes dark and always challenging realities of growing up in Alex.
|Patrick vs. Portugal||$1.00 $1.99|
| Superstar |
Meet one of the most famous former professional soccer players in the history of South Africa, Isaac "Shakes" Kungwane. Shakes shows us where it all started for him and what it was like to achieve every kid's dream of playing soccer professionally. His glory days are long gone though and the question is, what now?
|Life After Football||$1.00 $1.99|
| My Last Chance |