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Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:30PM

Hashtags: #sxsw #soccergrannies

Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa the village grannies “Vhakegula Vhakegula” lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of taboos. Through their camaraderie on the field they play serious soccer then break into laughter and song as they wage a singular fight for a decent life, true health and a snatch at joy in a brutal world.

Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: South Africa, United States
Language: English with Subtitles
Year: 2015
Runtime: 19min

Director: Lara-Ann de Wet

Producer: Lara-Ann de Wet

Cinematographer: Yusaku Kanagawa

Editor: Lara-Ann de Wet

Sound Designer: Pepe Alvarez Gales

Additional Credits: Cinematography: Fausto Becatti

Principal Cast: Beka Ntsanwisi (Mama Beka), Vhakegula Vhakegula , Jack Abrahams


South African born and raised, Lara-Ann de Wet is a freelance documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently won a Jury Prize for Spirited Storytelling at Doc NYC Film Festival 2015 as part of the inaugural university showcase. Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa is her directorial debut.

Public Film Contact
Annie Ngwane

Publicity Contact
Lara-Ann de Wet



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