Eritrea Stars

2016 – 54 minutes.

In 2012, the Eritrean soccer team defected during a tournament in Uganda. Two years later, the players turn up in the Dutch city of Gorinchem. The local cop and the soccer team immediately conscript the refugees: they are given a place to stay, clothing and of course soccer training – after all, the local team wouldn’t mind a shot at the Africa Cup. Team members are filmed practicing, in Dutch class and at the apartment they share, while their trainer and others discuss the situation. The players talk about what they think of the Netherlands and what their expectations for the future are. Fear of reprisals at home means they don’t talk about their flight stories, but an Eritrean journalist uses interview excerpts to explain what life in a dictatorship is like. While the soccer team dreams of success, the players have other things on their minds. They are impatient and want to lead their own lives outside the realm of soccer. This provides some wonderful but painful insights into micro-level aid: good intentions can’t compete with high expectations. Will the players make their dreams come true? (IDFA)

Credits

Themes
Migration and refugees
Age rating
AL
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
hbo/wo
mbo - niveau 1 & 2
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
Director
John Appel
Country
Netherlands, The
Type
Documentary
Duration
54 minutes
Year
2016