Even though I didn’t grow up watching football, admittedly I’ve developed an interest in the sport during this month-long emotional World Cup soap opera. And like me, millions of people will be glued to their television sets for this Sunday’s finals match between Argentina and Germany.
Above and beyond the superstars, the fans and controversies, I learned more about how this beautiful game is used to build communities, overcome social and cultural divides and advance peace. It seems sports have a way of changing the lives of people around the world - but what does this exactly look like?
“Scoring for Peace” is a documentary about the healing power of the game. It follows the stories of African amateur athletes Ismael, Safari and Okello as they competed to win the first Great Lakes Peace Cup – a tournament organized by the World Bank Group Africa Region.
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“So if I play, if a friend comes, we play together there we go. That friend will be mine, and mine forever.”
– Okello, Midfielder, Team Uganda
The documentary captures the potential of hope and reconciliation between divided communities. It premiered at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and had several well-attended screenings. And now, everyone has the opportunity to watch the entire film and share its beautiful story. “Scoring for Peace” is now available online for free. Just like the World Cup, it’s fascinating, emotional and a lot of fun.