Meet Ghana’s skate soccer team, who play an extreme sport invented to suit their disability.
We made it! We’ve reached our target this morning, with 14 hours to spare! A HUGE much appreciated thank you to all who have helped us get there.
This amount will enable us to travel to Ghana and shoot the film. It’s going to be brilliant. But with extra funds we can shoot for longer, use better equipment, and begin the edit - so we are now striving for $40,000. We can do it!!
Rollaball’s story has already inspired people across the world. Its initial pitch won the Puma.Creative Catalyst Award in partnership with BRITDOC in 2011 and the project’s vision has been endorsed by the likes of Real Madrid and Ghanaian Black Stars international Michael Essien; AC Milan midfielder and Ghanaian Black Stars international Sulley Muntari; Disabled Peoples’ International World Chair Javed Abidi; Paralympic wheelchair racer, author and polio survivor Anne Wafula Strike; Shuaib Chalklen, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability; World Cup Skateboarding; and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation and Department of Women, Children and People With Disabilities.
The documentary will tell the story of Ghana’s skate soccer team, a group of polio survivors who have created a skateboard-inspired version of soccer adapted to suit their disability. Begging and sleeping on the streets, without the use of their legs, these men find purpose and joy in playing ball on Sundays at a deserted taxi-rank, where for a few hours, they can be heroes.
Our film focuses on people with disabilities who live on the streets of Accra, Ghana. While they appear to be victims of poverty, they are taking control of their lives through sport.
Films about Africa tend to focus on stories that deal with victims of war, poverty, sexual violence and AIDS. These stories reinforce the one-dimensional stereotypes of Africa as a helpless victim.
We intend for Rollaball to help break these misunderstandings and contribute to changing these stereotypes.
We currently have a 28-minute rough cut of the film. With the Kickstarter funds, we intend to return to Ghana to complete principal photography. We will raise further funding from foundations and broadcasters to complete the film. Next year we will begin the edit and we aim to complete the film by the middle of 2013. The film was selected for the Sheffield Doc/Fest and has already had interest from a number of sales agents, broadcasters and distributors. Our desired result is to have a theatrical release of the film (at least in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana), followed by a US national tour of the film. We also plan to sell the film to public broadcasters around the world and secure funding to produce a DVD with extras and further information on Polio and skate soccer, to be used in an educational and training environment.
What your pledge will do
With your pledge, you are helping to create awareness about these men, their sport, and the plight of people with disabilities in developing nations. The funds raised will go towards principal photography in Ghana and the hiring of local crew and translators. Rollaball will help to raise the profile of the Rolling Rockets and allow them to have new kit, skateboards and hopefully, better lives.
Sound good? Please get involved now by spreading the word, tweeting, ‘Liking’ and pledging.
Eddie Edwards, Steven Markovitz, Shelley Barry, Stephen Cheifitz and the Rollaball team
4 min Promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN4Y4RHMtAE
Yes! All you need is a credit card in order to make a pledge. Click the ‘back this project’ button and follow the instructions. Further details are here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backers#Pled
If we meet our target, only then will your card will be charged. If we don’t reach our target goal, your card is never charged.
Kickstarter is supported by Amazon Payments (which requires a credit card), so the only other way to make a pledge is give the money to a friend who has a credit card.
The funds will go towards principal photography in Ghana (the main shoot) as well as the hiring of local crew, translators and fixers.
Kickstarter does not allow any money from this fund-raising to go to a ‘charity or cause’. However, each time we film with the team, we pay them for their time. In our agreement with their coach/manager Albert and his SYDO organisation, 25% of any profits that the film generates will go to the players. Over the past two years, Eddie has been taking them kit, balls and clothing. Some of the men, like Rasta, have a trade but don’t have the resources to set up shop. In his case, he needs tools so that he can continue his work as a welder. We hope that this film, and wider recognition, will help to improve their lives.
Yes, you can increase your pledge at any time! To do this, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new reward
We know times are hard, so we’re grateful for any support. Please help us by tweeting about the campaign, sharing it on Facebook or even sending an email to friends. We really want to make this film and share it with you!