For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
From PBS - Go behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team — the "Pharaohs" — and its American coach, Bob Bradley and follow the team's efforts to qualify for soccer's ultimate event for the first time in more than 20 years. Faced with ongoing violence and political strife within the country, the team must remain united and work together to reach their ambitious goal. American Pharaoh documents the team's personal and professional struggles to keep their eyes on the prize of getting to the World Cup while living in and representing a country in turmoil.
When the American Samoan national soccer team suffered the worldês worst defeat, losing to Australia 31-0, these tiny islands crash-landed into last place in the FIFA world rankings, and became known as --the worst team in the world." Despite having not won an official match for more than a decade, the team is held together by their pure love of soccer, deep faith, and American Samoan pride. Next Goal Wins delivers an intimate view of their miraculous efforts as they train for the next World Cup and a chance to redefine their international reputation. By following the teamês eccentric new coach, Dutchman Thomas Rongen, and team members, including Jaiyah Saelua, a faêafaine (the Samoan third gender), this documentary becomes more than a story about the ultimate underdogs. Directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison bring us into a tightknit community whose dedication to family, spirituality, and mutual acceptance are all too uncommon today.
Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, the OSCAR®-winning documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Workers won't speak out for fear of being fired, but for some, hopelessness outweighs the fear. Qatari labourers building for the 2022 World Cup are forced into long hours on the side of roads or inside factories in the sweltering heat. Their living situations are just as trying: "We have been here for 2 months. And for 2 months we haven't been given beds." These workers entered into pseudo slavery due the loans they took to travel that they can't afford to pay back, as the hope of the income they were promised was a lie.
“We have been here for two months […] for two months we haven’t been given beds.” Such is life for a migrant worker. Lured to Qatar by the promise of good salaries and regular trips home – they have their passports confiscated on arrival, and their wages slashed. Some work seven days a week, fifteen hours a day, returning home to overcrowded slums where even stray animals struggle to survive.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will cost the country $200 billion, and for the contractors charged with making it happen – finance is all that matters. “They don’t care how many die, only how much they get” claims one insider.
Egypt - The land of the pharaohs. The Egyptian high culture under the rule of the pharaohs was one of the most important civilizations in ancient times and one of the longest, with a duration of over three thousand years. Everyone can instantly picture the impressive images of the pyramids, the great Sphinx in Giza, the temples and legendary treasures that survived in the dry sands of the desert. A stereoscopic journey will allow you to take a close look at the pyramids, pharaohs, mummification, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs and gods like no other documentary before! Discover the secrets of Egypt!
The members of the Iranian women's international football (soccer) team possess a dedication to the sport rivaling that of any other group of players in the world. What they lack, however, is a team to play against. When Marlene, the left-back of a Berlin amateur club, learns of their situation, she becomes determined to do something about it and hatches a plan to travel with her team to Teheran for a friendly match. On a preliminary trip to the country, Marlene meets Niloofar, a member of the Iranian women’s team, who dreams of David Beckham and struggles as a female athlete living under the country’s repressive regime. Despite all the cultural differences, they share a love of football and an unwavering determination to make the match happen even without official support. After a year of failed attempts, Marlene’s team travels to Teheran to play the game of their lives.
In Iraq, there is 1 soldier for every 166 civilians. In Kashmir, there is 1 for every 20. A Hizbul Mujaheddin ex-militant, his son- a footballer, an Argentinean football coach and his sparkling Brazilian wife grapple with life on the streets of Kashmir. A Kashmiri kid dreams to play football in Brazil, but life in a silent war gets in the way. (CBFC A VIL/3/09/2011-MUM)
After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism, and willing newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics.
Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL. A contemporary American story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers. With unprecedented access and shot over a four- year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.
New evidence of highly advanced, precision machining on Egypt's Giza Plateau gives credence to the Ancient Alien hypothesis further supported by glyphs of futuristic vehicles, bizarre flywheels and other artifacts and monuments cut with laser precision.
The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school's storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also its students' achievements in the classroom. And Paterno took on mythic national stature as "Saint Joe." But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky's abuse an "open secret" in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky's victims? Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky's arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.