CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 12A
  • Family
  • 2010

Africa United

Africa United

Synopsis

Three football-mad kids hitchhike from Rwanda to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup in this well-meaning if uneven road movie.

About

The high-minded ideals and winsome innocence of the Children's Film Foundation have long been consigned to the annals of British cinema history. Watching this upbeat tale of an unlikely journey down the spine of Africa, though, it's almost as if it never went away.

When gifted soccer prodigy Fabrice is invited to perform at the opening ceremony of this summer's World Cup football tournament, he entrusts the minutiae of the trip to his self-appointed manager Dudu. Unfortunately his good-natured mate accidentally boards them on a bus to the Congo, the first of many missteps on an odyssey that sees them encounter a child soldier, a runaway sex worker and more than one apparently impassable obstacle.

References to the AIDS pandemic and the Rwandan genocide seem a little dark given the feel-good context. If you're not rooting for Eriya Ndayambaje's perma-grinning Dudu by the end, though, you deserve a red card.

Cast & Connections

  • Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson

In a nutshell

Joyous and celebratory if a touch naïve, Debs Gardner-Paterson's film has enough charm, colour and humour to win us over by extra time.

by Neil Smith

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Just Wright

    Just Wright

    Queen Latifah plays a physical therapist falling for Common's recovering basketball pro in this romantic comedy

    On Film4: 27 Jul 1:00PM

  • Film4 Grand Central

    Grand Central

    Gary (Tahar Rahim) falls into both a job and a love-triangle at a nuclear power plant, as he develops a powerful attraction to the fiancee (Léa Seydoux) of his new boss

  • Film4 Betty Blue

    Betty Blue on Film4

    Béatrice Dalle stars as the beautiful and unpredictable Betty Blue in Jean-Jacques Beineix's romantic drama on Film4

  • Film4 Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow on Film4

    Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton's spooky tale about a man named Ichabod Crane who is sent to investigate decapitations being attributed to the legendary Headless Horseman

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share