What does football mean to Sierra Leone?

What does the Beautiful Game of football (soccer to North Americans) mean to the people of Sierra Leone? Find out in this outtake from our film, The Flying Stars, shot in Freetown and Bo in 2011 and 2012:

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The Flying Stars having hometown premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival

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Jan. 21, 2016 (Toronto) – Award-winning documentary, The Flying Stars, returns for its hometown premiere at the fourth Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) on Friday, Feb. 12 at 5:00 pm at the Carlton Cinemas. Toronto filmmakers Ngardy Conteh George and Allan Tong will introduce the film.

The Flying Stars profiles amputee soccer players, Bornor and Census, who play the beautiful game to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in postwar Sierra Leone. In the film, Bornor is an amputee who plays organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war he suffered a decade ago...

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Flying Stars editor gets Oscar nom for short documentary

Flying Stars editor, Tiffany Beaudin, is part of the filmmaking team that has received an Oscar nomination for the short documentary, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah. In the film, Claude Lanzmann discusses the process of directing, producing, editing and presenting his influential documentary, Shoah.

The filmmakers of The Flying Stars congratulate Tiffany for cutting Spectres of the Shoah. Here’s Tiffany cutting the opening of The Flying Stars:

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The Flying Stars are coming home!

COMING TO TORONTO teaserWatch this space for details…

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The Flying Stars named Best Documentary at BronzeLens

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On Saturday evening in Atlanta, the BronzeLens Film Festival awarded The Flying Stars the Best Documentary Award. The film had screened the day before at the sixth annual edition of this esteemed festival, featuring the best of filmmaking by the African diaspora and African-Americans.

Honoured!!! 🙂,” was how the filmmakers responded to the BronzeLens news on Twitter early Sunday morning. Indeed, we are.

Future screenings are planned and will be announced here.

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The Flying Stars strikes the Bronze Lens Film Festival

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The Flying Stars returns to the American South with a screening on Friday, Nov. 6 at Atlanta’s Bronze Lens Film Festival. Click here for tickets and details.

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The Flying Stars storm Atlanta’ Bronze Lens festival

BLFF-FS-photoThe story of Bornor and his teammates returns to the South on November 5-8 at the Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta. Screening time and date to come. Watch this space for updates and more details in the weekens to come.

In June, The Flying Stars screened at the Women’s Internationl Film Festival in Miami, FLA.

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The Flying Stars makes its Al Jazeera premiere tonight

anti-ebolaThe Flying Stars will make its Al Jazeera premiere on the network’s observational documentary strand, Witness, at 22:30 GMT, with repeats on September 14 (9:30 GMT), September 16 (3:30 GMT), September 16 (16:30 GMT) and September 17 (5:30 GMT). Tune in for this special broadcast.

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Special presentation of The Flying Stars in Harlem

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The Harlem International Film Festival presents a special screening of The Flying Stars this weekend on Saturday, September 12 at 2:10 pm at @ MIST (46 West 116th St New York, NY, 10026). Full details here. Associate producer, Fiona Aboud, will personally present the film and do a Q&A. Fiona’s photographs in a 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated inspired the documentary. The short film, Sprint To The Past is part of this presentation. Tickets are still available here!

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Salone Flying Stars have new website

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Sierra Leone’s amputee soccer players depicted in The Flying Stars now have their own website. Click here to view player profiles and catch the latest news about the Salone Flying Stars’ games and tournaments. Salone, by the way, is the nickname of Sierra Leone.

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