Kids shine in ‘Africa United’ Film

‘Africa United’ is a new family film that premiered in Kigali on Sunday November 7, 2010 at the Serena Hotel. The film features young Rwandan and Ugandan actors and actresses. It is a story about five children who travel 3,000 miles across Africa to attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA football World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.
From left to right- Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Kintu and Sherrie Silver. (Photos J. Mbanda)
From left to right- Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Kintu and Sherrie Silver. (Photos J. Mbanda)

‘Africa United’ is a new family film that premiered in Kigali on Sunday November 7, 2010 at the Serena Hotel.

The film features young Rwandan and Ugandan actors and actresses. It is a story about five children who travel 3,000 miles across Africa to attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA football World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The movie tells the story of Fabrice, a middle-class 15-year-old football genius who is selected to take part in the World Cup’s opening ceremony. His mother wants him to be a doctor but football is his secret.

His ‘manager’, Dudu is a 13-year-old HIV/Aids orphan who lives with his sister in a shack at the wrong end of town.

Dudu and his 10-year-old sister, Beatrice, and Fabrice get on the wrong bus and end up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Desperate not to let Fabrice down, Dudu decides that they’ll go to South Africa anyway – opening out his World Cup wall chart, he measures the distance to Johannesburg with his thumb and index finger, and holding them up an inch or so apart declares, ‘It’s not that far!’
So the children set off, picking up two other members of their ‘dream team’ along the way: Foreman George, an ex-child soldier, and Celeste, a child prostitute.

The story was written by Rhidian Brook and Directed by Debs Gardner-Paterson and Rwanda’s very own, Eric Kabera. It’s the first British-Rwandan co-production.

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