The Flying Stars to have world premiere at RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival)

Poster for The Flying Stars world premiere at Montreal's RIDM. Image of team captain Bornor playing amputee soccer.

The Flying Stars, an award-winning film, will have its world premiere at RIDM, the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival on November 14.

The film will screen Friday, November 14 at 9:15 pm and Sunday, November 16 at 8:30 pm at the Amphithéâtre Coeur de Sciences (SH-2800), Sherbrooke Pavillion, UQAM (200 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, H2X 1X5). Tickets and information

The Flying Stars is about amputee soccer in post-war Sierra Leone. Team captain Bornor Kargbo and midfielder Momahamed “Census” Jalloh are amputees who play organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war they suffered a decade ago. As they dream of playing internationally, they wrestle with nightmares that haunt their daily lives and threaten the very families they are trying to feed. Can Bornor and Census overcome their postwar trauma and score a victory for their children off the soccer pitch?

Directed by Toronto’s Ngardy Conteh George & Allan TongThe Flying Stars made history in 2011 by being the first and only documentary to ever win the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film then attracted financial support from the Sundance Documentary Institute which also named George and Tong as Sundance Documentary Fellows. Broadcasters from Asia to Europe are also supporting the film.

Co-director and editor George was born in Sierra Leone and raised in Canada. She had previously cut a short documentary directed by Tong, who discovered the amputee “football” players of Sierra Leone from the photographs of New York photographer Fiona Aboud.  The Flying Stars is produced by Mattru Media of Toronto in association with Catbird Productions of Montreal. This film was supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program