Meet Ghana’s most interesting football team: The Rolling Rockets. While they appear to be victims of poverty, they are taking control of their lives through sport. DocGeeks editor Alexandra Zeevalkink sets out what makes Rollaball a project we approve of.
Rollaball tells the story of the Rolling Rockets, the skate football team consisting of a group of polio survivors who will not give up despite having to sleep on the streets and beg in order to eat. They have created a skateboard-inspired version of football adapted to suit their disability and, without the use of their legs, these men find purpose and joy in playing ball on Sundays at a deserted taxi-rank, where for a few hours they can be heroes.
What are the funds for?
The team behind Rollaball have already come a long way. They currently have a 28-minute rough cut of the film and with the funds raised through Kickstarter they intend to return to Ghana to complete principal photography. They will also raise further funding from foundations and broadcasters (which have already expressed an interest) to complete the film by the middle of 2013.
Why this could be a success:
The film was selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest and has already had interest from a number of sales agents, broadcasters and distributors. Of course one of the desired outcomes is to have a theatrical release of this film but there’s more than that. The filmmakers also plan to sell the film to public broadcasters around the world and secure funding to produce a DVD with extras and further information on polio and skate football. This DVD can then be used in an educational and training environment.
Another great indicator is that its initial pitch won the Puma.Creative Catalyst Award in partnership with BRITDOC in 2011 and the project’s vision has been endorsed by many (including people such as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Disability, AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari and Anne Wafula Strike; Paralympic wheelchair racer for TeamGB).
Why we think you should support this doc:
With your pledge, you are helping to create awareness about these men, their sport, and the plight of people with disabilities in developing nations. The funds raised will go towards filming inGhanaand the hiring of local crew and translators (aka some temporary local jobs). Rollaball as a film will also help to raise the profile of the Rolling Rockets and allow them to have new kit, skateboards and, hopefully, better lives in general.
In case you’re still in doubt then check out the film’s Kickstarter campaign by clicking here and the film’s website here. You can also show your support by sharing the campaign via Twitter and Facebook.