This Is Football is an epic event series, which explores the true spirit of the beautiful game and examines the magic of a sport that unites people all over the world.
Universal themes of the human experience are covered as the films cover topics as diverse as football’s role in rebuilding Rwanda after the genocide, the secrets of Lionel Messi and the pride and underdog spirit of Iceland’s football Vikings.
Written and co-created by award-winning foreign correspondent and sports author John Carlin (Invictus), the films are directed by a team of award winning directors and producers led by creative director James Erskine (Le Mans: Racing is Everything) and scored by Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer, Lorne Balfe (Inception).
Filmed across the globe from Iceland to Argentina, Spain to Rwanda, China to the United States, and including a glittering cast of characters from legendary players to presidents, poets to priests, managers to mathematicians, This is Football is a must-watch for every football fan.
What is This Is Football?
From the streets of Delhi to the fields of post-war Rwanda to the pitches of the Champions League, this globe-spanning series tells a unique story of the game and how it has shaped our times.
The six films in the series are:
This film is an emotional exploration of the redemptive power of sport and the incredible stories of survival made possible through football. It is told through the fanatical Liverpool fans, the Rwandan Reds, who meet for each match in downtown Kigali to cheer on the club they have adopted and at first glance mirror fans from around the globe. But all are genocide survivors and behind their smiles are harrowing stories of pain and loss, and how they found a dream and a community again in football. The film’s soul-stirring climax takes us to Anfield Stadium, where our group of Rwanda Reds fulfil their dream of travelling to Liverpool to watch their beloved team.
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest living footballer on the planet. He is a 1 in 7.2 billion miracle. A genius in football boots. Messi creates his masterpieces on the canvas of the football field. This film is an immersion into the inspiring beauty of football and a quest to unveil the mystery of the Argentinian’s greatness, which transcends the fields of art, science and politics.
Iceland, with no professional league and the national team coached by a part-time dentist, are the smallest country to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, this film follows the Iceland team and their leader, coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, as they head to the finals in Russia. In Iceland we hear from the legion of fans as the entire nation watches and prays.
In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami killed 16,000 people in Japan. A country was in mourning and in need of a light at the end of the tunnel. A flicker of belief would come from the unlikeliest of heroes. This film tells the story of the Japanese women’s football team and their remarkable World Cup triumph just 3 months after the disaster.
This film explores 'chance' in football, through Germany and some of the greatest games of chance in history. Interweaving the stories of the minnows of Frankfurt winning their first cup for 30 years, how Bayern Munich changed the face of German football, moving from amateur leagues to a multimillion-dollar world- dominating club, and the story of Chelsea beating Bayern in the 2012 Champions League - statistically a game the German champions should never have lost.
For the legions of fans across the globe football is an identity, a point of pride and even a source of redemption. But before that comes the love of the game itself. A series of stunning vignettes paint a picture of the world’s global sport, each one capturing a different portrait of the human condition, and our essential emotions expressed in it. The film follows England’s Blind football team and striker Roy Turnham as they prepare to take part in the pinnacle of their sport, The Blind football world cup.
This film takes us on a journey around the planet to show the unifying power of football as an expression of what it is to be human.
When is This is Football released?
All six films are streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
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