Each week FILMCLUB will be bringing you two reviews – a new DVD release and one of the classics that feature on the charity’s 4,000 strong catalogue.
And so you know exactly whether you’ll like it or not, the reviews come from kids just like you!
Below you can read the review of the brand new film Africa United by FILMCLUB member James Mvule aged 10 from Heatherbrook Primary School in Leicester.
Africa United is a funny and uplifting story of five children’s journey from Rwanda to South Africa to get to the world cup. It also touches on many of the issues of concern in the African regions such as education, horrors of wars and illness. Yet still heart-warming it is impossible not to be touched by this film.
This story begins in Rwanda where teenager Fabrice longs to pursue his ambition of becoming a football legend. When he is offered the chance to audition for the opening ceremony in South Africa he sets off for the capital city of Rwanda with his ‘Manager’ Dudu and Dudu’s sister Beatrice.
However, when they take the wrong bus and end up in Congo, they decide to make the 3000 mile journey to Johannesburg.
On the journey, they get help from an ex-child soldier and encounter a number of problems in Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and finally, South Africa.
They also see wild animals, a gang of feral children, disease and the challenge of crossing borders.
The experience of watching this film reminds me of “Slumdog Millionaire” and I was surprised and happy of the wonderful mixture of live action and animation. It’s a great film. I’m doing my best to spread the news of what a good family film this is. It will be also great to show to students who lack cultural awareness, and I am desperate to own it!
I love this movie! It was well balanced, and emotional.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Africa United (12) is out now on DVD
FILMCLUB is a nationwide education charity and experts in film for young people. The initiative offers access to thousands of popular and classic films from around the world for young people and teachers to watch and discuss in their school film clubs.
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