Documentary “LADUMA” Tells Parallel Tales of South Africa 2010

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

One of the more exciting things about America’s soccer culture maturing so rapidly is the sudden explosion of quality documentaries about the game. To a list that includes “Pelada“, “Rise and Shine” and the yet-to-be-released “Gringos At The Gate“, we can add “LADUMA”, the story of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa told both from an American and South African perspective.

In an interview with Philly-based sports site The 700 Level, “LADUMA” filmmaker Ashwin Chaudhary explained the concept behind the film.

LADUMA is the parallel stories of the American experience at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the host country’s journey from Apartheid to hosting the world’s biggest party. Co-director Jon Korn and I spent the year before the World Cup traveling with U.S. supporters on the intense Qualifying journey, visiting places like Mexico City and Honduras. Then in 2010, we both left our jobs, packed our bags, and departed for Johannesburg with no budget and no script, simply hoping to see the USA make history at the World Cup and capture the experience on camera.

LADUMA is the product of One Goal, a production company specifically focused on spreading the joy of soccer through visual media.

LADUMA will be screened at Philadelphia’s East Ritz theater on February 2nd, with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to the Sons of Ben Help Kick Hunger campaign.

Honestly, this trailer had me at “GO GO USA!”.

Source: The 700 Level

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