Media Release: Using football to fight exclusion – special screening and Q&A with the Homeless World Cup Foundation

THE Institut francais d’Ecosse teams up with The Homeless World Cup Foundation to present a special free screening of ‘Hors Jeu, carton rouge contre l’exclusion’ on Thursday 12 April, 6.00 pm.

This documentary film was produced for French television channel, Canal +, on the occasion of the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup tournament in Paris.

A Q&A with the founder and President of the Homeless World Cup Foundation will follow the screening.

‘Hors Jeu’ follows 6 players from around the world as they take part in the Homeless World Cup adventure: Kevin from France, Erika from Argentina, Rafael and Toronto from Kenya, Minami from Japan and Ayman from Palestine.

We see them train, get selected (or not) and attend the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup that took place on the Champs de Mars, Paris, from August 21st to August 28th 2011.

The directors, Risch and Mignard, say it themselves: it is not a film about poverty or homelessness. It is about how we see homeless people, how they see themselves and a unique way to combat it throughout the world. It is about the power of football.

During the eight days of the competition, the players discover another country, other teams, another life. They discover self esteem and respect. The public discover another face of homelessness, the media can focus on a topic that they usually neglect and governments are given a chance to realise how serious the problem is.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mel Young, President and Co-founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation, film directors, Thomas Risch and Jérôme Mignard, and Patrick Mbeu, former Homeless World Cup player and Paris Saint-Germain football team staff member.

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Listings information

Hors-jeu, carton rouge contre l’exclusion

Documentary film by Jérome Mignard and Thomas Rish

2011, 90 minutes, In English

Produced by CAPA , with the participation of French TV channel CANAL +

Date: Thursday 12 April, 6.00 pm

Venue: Institut francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Admission free – Information: 0131 225 5366

Notes to editors

About the Homeless World Cup Foundation

The Homeless World Cup Foundation works with and supports a network of 73 international partner organisations whose work is united through their goal to improve the lives of the people they work with, using football as the catalyst.

The main role of the Foundation is to unite these organisations and to provide support and guidance in football and management skills to help grow and develop sustainable programmes to involve and positively impact the lives of more homeless and excluded people around the world.

At the annual Homeless World Cup tournament the International Partners come together to showcase their work to the world and give their people an opportunity to demonstrate how football has the power to change lives. The tournament has been going on for ten years, starting in 2003 in Graz Austria, and it will be held in Mexico City next October. From 16 teams the first year, we will have 72 in the Mexican Capital!

About the Institut français d’Ecosse

The Institut français d’Ecosse exists to promote French language and culture in Scotland, by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It is also its aim to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions.

After a year of cultural exchanges between Brittany and Scotland in 2011, the Institute surfs on the Olympics wave in 2012, giving a sporting flavour to its cultural events. Entitled ‘La Tête et les Jambes’, this unique programme features alternative artistic performances mixing artistic purposes to questionings about man’s connection with his body.

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Institut français d’Ecosse

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