Football and a life of film criticism take centre stage at Weekend Film Series screening
The World Cup may have just finished, but football and film enthusiasts can now delight in a new Weekend Film Series offering, called Next Goal Wins, screening this weekend.
The documentary about the world's lowest-ranked international soccer team, will show at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) on Saturday at 3pm.
It's described as a feel-good film about the love of the game and the power of hope.
The film takes a look back at 2001, when the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat to Australia.
A decade after that humiliating loss, they were still at the bottom of FIFA's world rankings, having scored only twice in 17 years. The team had also lost every competitive game they had ever played.
The documentary shows how Dutch coach Thomas Rongen had just one month to transform them into a winning team — and learn a little about himself along the way.
Duncan Hall, the Weekend Film Series programmer, said: “We have all just spent a month watching the world's best teams — this is a profile of the team ranked lowest in the FIFA rankings.
“It is an irresistible underdog story, and you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it.”
Also on offer this weekend will be a documentary portrait of the late film critic Roger Ebert.
Life Itself, screening on Saturday at 5.15pm, is based on Mr Ebert's best-selling autobiography.
Directed by Steve James, it is considered to be “a warmly affectionate documentary” that recounts Mr Ebert's inspiring and entertaining life.
The story is both personal and funny, yet joyful and poignant, Mr Hall said.
The 'Weekend Film Series', sponsored by Gosling's, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival and the BUEI.
Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI or by calling 294-0204. Trailers of the films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com.