Starring: Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Emmanuel Jal
Director: Debs Paterson
Running Time: 88 mins
Africa United is a British film about a group of Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles across Africa in order to get to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
This was just quite a nice film to watch. During the film, there were points which showed some of the many disadvantages experienced across Africa, however overall, the story was very pleasant, interesting and uplifting, albeit quite predictable by the end.
The main thing that I found interesting about this film were the characters, as most of the kids were only 11 or so years old, and yet they used all of their ingenuity to travel across one of the most barren and dangerous continents in the world all alone. Also, the film was able to show both respect for the troubles faced by the African people, while also keeping it entertaining, with a great running fact that the kids make their footballs out of old condoms and rubber bands…
Overall, this was a very interesting and uplifting film, making it very entertaining to watch, and although the whole thing was foreseeable from the outset, I enjoyed it a lot, so I’ll give it a 7.7.