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The story of Africa's long-distance love affair with English football, told by fans in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya & DR Congo.
The story of Africa's long-distance love affair with English football, told by fans in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya & DR Congo.
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UPDATE [2 Jun] - GOLAZO! Yes, we just hit £3k! Thanks to everyone who has joined in already. We have decided to celebrate with a bit of a giveaway. Everyone has been loving these APL football jerseys, but they've been a bit expensive for most people to buy in at that level. So - we've taken off the reward and instead we're going to give 2 of them away for free to two lucky pledgers. Doesn't matter how much or little you pledge, if you're in you may win one of these shirts! We'll send details at the end of the Kickstarter!

Two lucky pledgers will win one of these!
Two lucky pledgers will win one of these!

 

UPDATE [17 May] - AMAZING!!! We just hit our original target in less than a week! Thanks to everyone who came on board! We are pressing on towards a new stretch target of £5,000 - we can already make our teaser with the target reached, but if we raise more we can get casting and filming for the full film much more quickly! Check below for some sweet new rewards!

AFRICA'S PREMIER LEAGUE

Africa is obsessed with the English Premier League. The continent may be divided by old colonial borders, thousands of different languages, and major cultural, political and economic differences. But Africa is united every weekend around the spellbinding spectacle of English football.

The everyday lives of Africa's football fans are all different. Yet they share a long-distance love affair, with all the hopes, fears, joys and sadness that comes with it.

If it's not Rwanda's President Paul Kagame taking time out to tweet his views on his beloved Arsenal, then it's the millions of ordinary Africans across the continent who are glued to TV sets in bars and bespoke viewing centres, from tiny villages to heaving mega-cities like Lagos or Kinshasa.

We want to show, in depth and detail, exactly how English football fits into the ordinary lives of African supporters.

Our film will tell the story of Africa's passion for the English Premier League, through the eyes of the fans themselves.

If you love what we've been doing at Africa is a Country all these years -- bringing you that fresh, incisive analysis of African politics and culture -- you'll love our very first full-length documentary film project: AFRICA'S PREMIER LEAGUE. And we'd love to have your support in getting this project off the ground.

Set of postcards - 10 original images from the teaser shoot!
Set of postcards - 10 original images from the teaser shoot!

AFRICA'S PREMIER LEAGUE follows four fans - in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Congo - as they live through the highs and lows of a football season, and explores the overwhelming attraction of English football in Africa.

AFRICA'S PREMIER LEAGUE will be a feature-length documentary film, a web series & a TV series.

Art print - original images from teaser shoot (sample image above - you can choose at end of Kickstarter)
Art print - original images from teaser shoot (sample image above - you can choose at end of Kickstarter)

With your help, we will take our crucial first step: making a high quality short film teaser on the life of an EPL fanatic in Cape Town, South Africa. We'll use that to win big backers and distribution for the full-length project. And of course, when it's finished you'll get to see the teaser - we'll share it widely and freely!

Tee with beautiful APL logo! (also available in black)
Tee with beautiful APL logo! (also available in black)

NEW STRETCH GOALS

We're delighted to have hit our original target so quickly (thank you!), so we have added some new stretch goals, and some extra incentives for joining the party:

£5,000 - all backers (at any level) will get a free Africa's Premier League tote bag (in addition to the pledge reward of course).

£10,000 - all backers (at any level) will get a free Africa's Premier League tote bag and a APL logo enamel pin badge (in addition to the pledge reward). Artwork for the pin badge coming soon!

APL tote - free to all backers if we hit our £5,000 stretch target!
APL tote - free to all backers if we hit our £5,000 stretch target!

We have also added some superb new rewards, at new pledge levels. At £125 is a limited edition screenprint from superb Irish illustrator Deadbeat Creative. UPDATE: Here is the piece he has created for us! (and check out his website for more: http://www.deadbeatcreative.com)

Original APL print, A3 giclée, limited edition!
Original APL print, A3 giclée, limited edition!

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Risks and challenges

There are few risks at this stage - most of the filming is done, and we have editors ready to work on the project, and a filmmaker primed to do the last small bit of shooting. We aim to turn around the edit very quickly, so should be in a position to share the teaser with everyone by the end of July 2016!

All rewards will be available quickly also - printers are ready to go when we get them final images.

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    Set of 10 postcards - stills from the filming and photos shot on old school 35mm!

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    An associate producer credit in the short film! & all of the above, of course (two tees, 3 prints & a postcard set).

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