A Great World Cup Soccer Story That Doubles As a History Lesson

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By Pat Burns - GRAND Magazine Film Reporter

Are you staying up to date on the 2014 World Cup? According to the PEW Reach Center’s most recent article about the topic, 94.5 million people in the U.S. — about 31% of the population — watched at least 20 consecutive minutes of the 2010 World Cup Soccer, and the 2014 numbers are already climbing. With budding soccer stars for grandchildren, I know they are among that viewership, which is why when the documentary We Must Go stood out to me.

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We Must Go is a feature documentary chronicling the journey of the Egyptian National Soccer team and coach Bob Bradley as they fight to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer. Egypt has one of the richest football histories in all of Africa, but despite its continental success, the team hasn’t reached soccer’s ultimate stage in 24 years. Now, the Pharaohs and their American coach, as unlikely a pairing as there ever was, have the chance to do more than realize their shared dream of World Cup qualification––they can unite a bitterly divided nation.

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This documentary struck me for its interesting story about the struggles of Egypt’s National soccer team, the Pharaohs, and the Egyptian revolution that erupted three years ago. It’s a great educational tool for the grandkids in bringing attention to this part of modern history — and it’s especially pertinent with the global attention surrounding the World Cup.

coccerHow to watch this movie:

This film is very easy to watch from the comfort of your computer. No need to go to a theater! This documentary is streaming on the web.

Go to http://www.wemustgomovie.com/ and download the movie from iTunes or Amazon.com.

For more personal insights and stories – listen to Pat’s interview with Dave LaMattina one of the directors.

Click here to listen

 About the two directors:

Dave LaMattina – Director, Producer and Writer Dave graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications and went on to get his Master’s in Film at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. After enduring as much L.A. traffic as he could stand, Dave headed back east to put his skills into practice. He has experience directing all over the world on a variety of different shoots and projects. Having spent time writing for commercial clients and working in development with Hollywood studios, Dave also functions as Copper Pot’s scribe.

 Chad Walker – Director, Producer and Editor Chad’s skills as a director were born out of ten years of editing everything from big budget Hollywood features to small, indie passion projects. He moves behind the camera on CPP’s docs and commercial shoots, pulling double–‐duty as director and editor.  Chad honed his skills in the world of animation, helping edit blockbusters like Rio, Horton Hears a Who, Epic and films from the Ice Age franchise for Blue Sky Studios.

GRAND Magazine Soccer Movie Reviewer, Pat Burns

 

Pat Burns helps families save money – tax free, with no market risk while building compounding wealth which helps to guarantee their financial future. She is also the co-founder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival; a film reporter, Regional Editor of GRAND Magazine, author of Grandparents Rock®, and the happy grandmother of four.

 

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