|Pelada Director, Ryan White|
IN PERSON for an after show Q&A!
The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society
is proud to present:
Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.
Where: O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel
174 West Street
When: Saturday, September 18th 7PM
Tickets: $10 Students,Senior Citizens $8
$8 with receipt from John Barry Bar & Restaurant
There is NO PARKING at the Hotel.
Please use the Knighton Street Garage behind The Lemongrass Restaurant
Filmmaker Ryan White IN PERSON for Q&A
Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games. Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it pick-up soccer. In Trinidad, it's "taking a sweat." In England, it's "having a kick-about." In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means "naked"—the game stripped down to its core. It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere.
Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off to over twenty countries around the world, chasing the game—the global phenomenon spanning gender, race, religion, and class. The film tells the stories of the players they meet along the way.
At San Pedro Prison in Bolivia, an inmate says, “Here we have nothing. Our life is to play.” In Nairobi, a moonshine brewer confides, “Down here, everybody thinks you’re just another drunkard, but then when you get to the field, people say, ʻOh, that person can play.”
From women in hijab playing in Tehran, to eighty-year-olds who play barefoot in Brazil, Pelada is the story of the people who play.
What the Press is saying…
“To get a sense of "Pelada's" unique motivational quality, take the gut feeling a killer Nike
commercial can evoke and imagine riding that high for 90 minutes…an all-around inspiring doc."
-- Peter Debruge, VARIETY
“a marvelous new soccer documentary”
“what elevates Pelada from a cute highlight travelogue to something more resonant is the filmmakers' ability to find compelling stories and earn the trust of their interview subjects…the result is a film that combines eye-popping cinematography with human stories.”
-- Grant Wahl, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
“[Pelada is] deeply personal, emotionally resonant, engrossingly informative, and humbly
objective. The combination is potent.”
-- Landon Palmer, FILM SCHOOL REJECTS
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