Rebellious Football Players

arte has declared “Summer of Rebels” and post-euro championship in Ukraine/Poland a 90 minutes long documentary is being broadcast on the German/French cultural channel and published on dvd. Eric Cantona, in his career himself quite a controversial, and brilliant, football player, is guiding the viewers to five (some alive, some dead) outstanding players, who had guts to go against the mainstream to take political initiative. Here is the (edited) intro from the website of arte, in French:

“Un film–manifeste qui réaffirme les valeurs du sport dans la société à travers cinq histoires chères à Eric Cantona.

L’histoire de Didier Drogba, qui en 2004, en pleine guerre civile ivoirienne, ignore les mises en garde de son club et de ses agents pour lancer un appel à l’unité et demander aux deux parties de déposer les armes. Celle du chilien Carlos Caszely qui fut, en 1973, un des rares footballeurs d’envergure à s’opposer et à défier ouvertement la dictature de Pinochet. Rachid Mekhloufi, un joueur de l’équipe de France qui, pendant la guerre d’Algérie, choisi la clandestinité et rallié son pays pour défendre, à partir de 1958, les couleurs de l’équipe du FLN. Celle de Predrag Pasic, international yougoslave qui, défiant les bombardements et les haines, a choisi de fonder une école de football multi-ethnique dans le Sarajevo assiégé des années 1990. Celle du brésilien Sócrates qui, en pleine dictature militaire au début des années 1980, transforme chaque match en meeting politique pour la démocratie.

Les rebelles du foot, en DVD dès le 20 juin chez ARTE Editions.

http://www.arte.tv/fr/Les-Rebelles-du-Foot/6727602.html

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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