The Game of Their Lives
Great Britain, 2002, 80 min
Language & Subtitles:
English; subtitles in Hebrew
Sheffield DocFest, Adelaide International Film Festival, Deauville Asian Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Tromso International Film Festival
The North Korean soccer team arrived at the 1966 World Cup held in England without any remaining hopes, as befits a tyrannical communist country without a soccer tradition and devoid of resources. But the players of the gray team found themselves becoming stars on the field city of Middleborough, and received tremendous sympathy from the locals and the entire country.
The film includes interviews with the seven living players of the national team, who came from one of the most secluded countries in the world and won an unprecedented achievement: the first Asian country to qualify for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in soccer. Beyond the drama of sports glory, the film reflects the ability of sports to connect people, cultures and ideologies from all sides of the field, and offer a surprisingly utopian space.
8.12.22 | Screening and Conversation about Sport & Human Rights