The World Cup Live at the Paley Center

World Cup Screenings from the Collection

World Cup fans can also drop into screenings of Africa- and soccer-themed programming, including episodes of The Team Kenya, produced by the nonprofit Search for Common Ground to promote soccer as a conduit to understanding and conflict resolution, and films copresented by African Film Festival, Inc., a New York–based nonprofit arts and culture organization which has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film, for the last twenty years, through programs such as the annual New York African Film Festival, community outreach programs, and the National Traveling Series. The screenings will also include PSAs from United Against Malaria, an organization that brings together soccer teams, celebrities, global health organizations, governments, corporations, and citizens to raise global awareness about malaria—a preventable disease that kills a child in Africa every thirty seconds.   

All screenings are FREE

New York screenings at 4:00 pm ET (unless otherwise noted)
Los Angeles screenings at 2:00 pm PT

Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13

The Team Kenya: “Stereotyping”/”Bribery”
Presented in association with Search for Common Ground
Set in Kenya, this half-hour drama series focuses on young men and women from different tribes who must put aside their differences to compete in a coed soccer league. John Marks of Search for Common Ground, which is producing versions of the show in several different countries, cites The Cosby Show as an influence, for the way it “played a part in creating an environment in which change is possible.” Episodes one and two, being screened here, are not just inspiring, but also dramatically compelling. (2010; 53 minutes)

Friday, June 18 to Sunday, June 20

Steps for the Future: The Ball
Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc.
Children in Mozambique devise an ingenious way of creating a soccer ball in this short film directed by Orlando Mesquita. (2001; 6 minutes) 

Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc.
Demetrius Wren’s documentary follows South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup team as they come together to represent their nation and seek personal redemption. (2010; 78 minutes) 

Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27

City Slickers: A Tale of Two African Penguins
Cape Town filmmaker Trevor de Kock’s documentary tells the story of two penguins as they attempt to coexist with their human neighbors on a South African beachfront. (2002; 55 minutes)

ABC News Nightline: The Quest
Ted Koppel chats and—fulfilling a lifelong dream—kicks the ball around with members of the U.S. World Cup soccer team as they prepare for the 1994 tournament, the first ever played in the United States (eventually won by Brazil, in a 3-2 penalty shootout over Italy). (1994; 30 minutes)

Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3

Le ballon d’or (The Golden Ball)
Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc.
This engaging film from director Cheik Doukoure follows Bandian, a boy-wonder on the soccer field, from his Guinean village in the bush to superstardom in France. (1992; 90 minutes)

Tuesday, July 6, Wednesday, July 7, and Saturday, July 10
Screening at noon in NY and LA

Kicking It

In the summer of 2006, while the soccer world's attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the globe were training hard and competing to be part of another world cup . . . The Homeless World Cup. It began in 2001 as a wild idea to give homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition. Five years later, the annual Homeless World Cup was an internationally recognized sports competition. Five hundred homeless players from forty-eight nations would ultimately be selected to represent their country in Cape Town, South Africa—coming from such disparate parts of the world as war-torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, and the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina. Win or lose, it would be the journey of a lifetime. (2008; 99 minutes)

Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10

Running the Sahara
James Moll’s documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, follows three men—a thirty-year-old Taiwanese grad student, a forty-four-year-old businessman from North Carolina, and a thirty-seven-year-old Canadian personal trainer—as they attempt to jog across the 4,300-mile expanse of the Sahara. (2009; 103 minutes)