The film Pelada started as a student project at Duke University, when Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White, and Rebekah Fergusson — along with Luke Boughen, who was a student at Notre Dame — got funding from CDS and the Provost’s office to start travelling around the world looking for, and filming, pick-up games. The result is a beautiful ode to the universality and power of the game.
The New York Times offered this review of the movie when it was released in 2010.
This week we are watching the film in Soccer Politics at Duke University, and reading Edouardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun & Shadow.
Students, as we did with the Zidane film & Bromberger, please offer comments on a connection you see between moments captured in the film and moments captured in Galeano’s prose. What parts of Pelada do you think most powerfully capture what makes soccer such a powerful form of connection and communication, and what insights does Galeano offer that help you better understand those moments in the film?