Vasermil

Vasermil
Genre: Drama | Director: Mushon Salmona | Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles | Length: 93 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 2007 | Rating: PG

The film is named after the local football stadium located in the town of Be’er Sheva in southern Israel. Vasermil tells the story of three teenagers who live in the same tough neighborhood, growing up in an unforgiving environment, pinning their hopes on football as a way out. Shlomi lives with his widowed mother, little sister, and step-father and works as a pizza delivery boy. Adiel, of Ethiopian descent, has to look after his young brother and sick mother. Dima, a new immigrant from Russia, has a father who is unemployed and a mother who works as a cleaning lady. The three teens are recruited by the coach of the local football team to take part in the Be’er Sheva open youth championship, held, traditionally on Independence Day at the Vasermil stadium . Learning to work together as a team is the key to success in the tournament and success in the tournament means getting noticed by the scouts of the local football empire – Hapoel Be’er Sheva. In order to win the tournament they will have to play as a team, overcome their differences, get over their sense of inferiority and prejudice.

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football
Genre:
Documentary, History | Director: Rashid Ghazi | Language: English | Length: 92 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

‘Fordson’ follows a high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan as it prepares for its big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The story is set at Fordson High School, a public school, which was once all white, but now boasts a 98% Arab-American population. As we follow the team on the road to victory, ‘Fordson’ unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. ‘Fordson’ is an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, USH2.H.7.3, USH2.H.8.4, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology)

Offside

Offside
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport | Director: Jafar Panahi | Language: Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 93 minutes | Country: Iran | Year: 2006 | Rating: PG

Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C&G.1.4, WH.H.8.2