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Alive and Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa

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This week, we are featuring a special story from Limpopo, South Africa. Limpopo is located in the northernmost province—bordering Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Botswana—and is named after the Limpopo River.

This film, Alive and Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa by Lara-Ann De Wet, introduces us to the “Vhakegula Vhakegula”—or village grannies. They have joined a soccer team in order to overcome difficulties, become healthier, and experience joy in their lives. These women are serious about the game of soccer as well as the bond of community through laughter and song. They are waging a singular fight for a decent life—as they deal with their own stories of abuse and poverty—and the opportunity to live joy amidst a brutal world.

Director De Wet describes the intention behind the film. She said, “I wanted to make a film that celebrates the spirit of African women as often they are the unsung heroes of a flawed society.” I was inspired by these women and their story of resilience in the face of adversity. I hope you enjoy this film as much as we do.

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