Soccer has been described as “The Beautiful Game,” and that’s also the name of a new documentary that will be screened for the first time on Saturday here in Washington. Director Victor Buhler and Producer Julian Cautherley will present the documentary at the National Museum of African Art, an appropriate venue for a project described as “a dynamic, positive and moving film about Africa.” The film was shot in seven African countries and features African football star Didier Drogba, the rugged striker for Chelsea and Ivory Coast, as well as African leaders such as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Let’s take a look at a preview of the documentary.
As Archbishop Tutu says in the documentary, football has a following larger than any one religion, and “almost every African is a supporter of one (football) team or another.” I saw that passion for “the beautiful game” last year when I traveled to Archbishop Tutu’s homeland of South Africa for coverage of the FIFA World Cup. And I plan to see it again on Saturday when I make the short trip to the National Museum of African Art to view this documentary, a film the director says is “for those who believe in the power of sport to bring people together.”