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Konkani sports film ‘Glory’, will unveil the Goa International Sports Film Festival, GISFF-2019. The film follows the story of a Goan football team, selected for national championship.

GISFF-2019 is the third sports-themed film festival curated and organised by Saxtti Films, Carmona in association with Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.

The three-day film festival will be held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao from December 13 to 15, 2019. It will showcase 10 award-winning international and Indian films on football, cycling, running, rugby and chess.

Some of the other films to be screened are ‘Algorithms’, a film on blind chess players, ‘The Workers Cup’, depicting migrant workers from all over the world constructing stadiums for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and ‘Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play’.

These sports-themed film festivals, curated by Saxtti Films, have been showcasing cinema, which highlight unique issues and unusual debates concerning various sports and games.

The festival is free for all. Register at www.saxttifilms.com/ www.ravindrabhavanmadgao.org.

FILM SCHEDULE

December 13

Glory, 3:30 p.m.

Directed by A Durga Prasad and Tinky George |

India | 113 minutes

‘Glory’ follows the story of a Goan football team that has been selected for national championship under coach Srinivas. The players have their own issues with each other as well as on the family front.  Along the way, however, they must confront their differences and defeat their inner demons in order to attain their true potential and emerge as victors.

Why do we bike? 6 p.m.

Directed by Francesco Melloni and Elena Diana | Italy | 55 minutes

Why do so many people, so different in age, and profession, want to bike hike so many kilometres far from home? This road movie offers several possible answers. En route from Italy to Norway, we learn from the myriad persons encountered, something about what makes them take to the road – be it the desire to leave the routine of ordinary life behind or simply the search for a freer way of living.

The Workers Cup, 7:25 p.m.

Directed by Adam Sobel | Norway | 92 minutes

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and, increasingly from Africa, some of the world’s poorest people are working the lowest-level jobs to ensure the World Cup can be hosted in world’s richest country. The film gives voice to the men who are labouring to build sport’s grandest stage.

Bounce: How the ball taught the world to play, 9 p.m.

Directed by Jerome Thelia | USA | 76 minutes

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, this high-quality, playful film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, the film takes us away from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

December 14

Stronger together: Women’s football in

India, 5:30 p.m.

Directed by Elisabetta Galla and Jana Schafer | Germany | 26 minutes

Farheen Naaz is a Muslim from Mumbai, Cynthia Lobo is a Christian from Goa, and Tenzin Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist from Mundgod in Karnataka.  All of them love football and they travel from the three corners of India to Goa in order to play together. The difficulties that all of them face – from being laughed at to receiving death threats – seem frightfully similar all over the world.

Zaffer and Tudu, 6:15 p.m.

Directed by Kavita Carneiro | India | 67 minutes

Afghanistan-born Indian Zaffar Khan and tribal Santhal boy Sailen Tudu from West Bengal win a scholarship to study and to play rugby in the UK. Their bonding with their English families is heart-warming. The real story, however, begins after they return to India. While Khan goes to Afghanistan to train a rugby team, Tudu takes it upon himself to teach rugby to children in the village whose favourite pastime is hunting and roasting rodents.

Limitless, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Vrinda Samartha | India | 62 minutes

Following eight women in India, the film explores how running can improve people’s self-image and confidence. Faced with self-doubt and the many expectations of society, these women re-discover themselves through running. Extremely inspiring and engaging, the film is a journey into the lives of ordinary women runners. It is the narrative of those who have reached the edge of their bounds, braved against them, and pushed them – finally realising that sky is the limit!

Wonderful Losers: A different world,

8:45 p.m.

Directed by Arunas Matelis | Lithuania | 71 minutes

Winner of several international awards, this film is about the backroom boys of professional cycling universe – the water carriers, domestics, gregarios, and Sancho Panzas, who rarely experience personal victories. The film follows the magnificent world of a doctors’ team situated in a claustrophobically small medical car surrounded by wounded cyclists. The life of the medical

team in the race reminds one of the frontline of war. Cyclists crash, they rise and they race again, and among this chaos, many magnificent things happen.

DECEMBER 15

Boston: The Documentary, 10 a.m.

Directed by Jon Dunham | USA | 114 minutes

This film chronicles the story of world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon – from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to the present day. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and, eventually, women, Boston is the stage for many firsts paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film is a journey into the wondrous kaleidoscope of the marathon, which today unifies humans of all ages, genders and races.

Algorithms,12:15 p.m.

Directed by Ian McDonald | UK | 100 minutes

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming chess masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. These are blind players vying for the Junior Chess Championship. Visually arresting and poetic, this film stands out for its subject – the blind chess players. It follows three talented boys from different parts of India and a totally blind player turned pioneer who not only aims to situate India on a global stage but also wants all blind children to play chess.

December 13

Glory, 3:30 p.m.

Directed by A Durga Prasad and Tinky George |

India | 113 minutes

‘Glory’ follows the story of a Goan football team that has been selected for national championship under coach Srinivas. The players have their own issues with each other as well as on the family front.  Along the way, however, they must confront their differences and defeat their inner demons in order to attain their true potential and emerge as victors.

Why do we bike? 6 p.m.

Directed by Francesco Melloni and Elena Diana | Italy | 55 minutes

Why do so many people, so different in age, and profession, want to bike hike so many kilometres far from home? This road movie offers several possible answers. En route from Italy to Norway, we learn from the myriad persons encountered, something about what makes them take to the road – be it the desire to leave the routine of ordinary life behind or simply the search for a freer way of living.

The Workers Cup, 7:25 p.m.

Directed by Adam Sobel | Norway | 92 minutes

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and, increasingly from Africa, some of the world’s poorest people are working the lowest-level jobs to ensure the World Cup can be hosted in world’s richest country. The film gives voice to the men who are labouring to build sport’s grandest stage.

Bounce: How the ball taught the world to play, 9 p.m.

Directed by Jerome Thelia | USA | 76 minutes

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, this high-quality, playful film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, the film takes us away from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

December 14

Stronger together: Women’s football in

India, 5:30 p.m.

Directed by Elisabetta Galla and Jana Schafer | Germany | 26 minutes

Farheen Naaz is a Muslim from Mumbai, Cynthia Lobo is a Christian from Goa, and Tenzin Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist from Mundgod in Karnataka.  All of them love football and they travel from the three corners of India to Goa in order to play together. The difficulties that all of them face – from being laughed at to receiving death threats – seem frightfully similar all over the world.

Zaffer and Tudu, 6:15 p.m.

Directed by Kavita Carneiro | India | 67 minutes

Afghanistan-born Indian Zaffar Khan and tribal Santhal boy Sailen Tudu from West Bengal win a scholarship to study and to play rugby in the UK. Their bonding with their English families is heart-warming. The real story, however, begins after they return to India. While Khan goes to Afghanistan to train a rugby team, Tudu takes it upon himself to teach rugby to children in the village whose favourite pastime is hunting and roasting rodents.

Limitless, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Vrinda Samartha | India | 62 minutes

Following eight women in India, the film explores how running can improve people’s self-image and confidence. Faced with self-doubt and the many expectations of society, these women re-discover themselves through running. Extremely inspiring and engaging, the film is a journey into the lives of ordinary women runners. It is the narrative of those who have reached the edge of their bounds, braved against them, and pushed them – finally realising that sky is the limit!

Wonderful Losers: A different world,

8:45 p.m.

Directed by Arunas Matelis | Lithuania | 71 minutes

Winner of several international awards, this film is about the backroom boys of professional cycling universe – the water carriers, domestics, gregarios, and Sancho Panzas, who rarely experience personal victories. The film follows the magnificent world of a doctors’ team situated in a claustrophobically small medical car surrounded by wounded cyclists. The life of the medical

team in the race reminds one of the frontline of war. Cyclists crash, they rise and they race again, and among this chaos, many magnificent things happen.

DECEMBER 15

Boston: The Documentary, 10 a.m.

Directed by Jon Dunham | USA | 114 minutes

This film chronicles the story of world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon – from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to the present day. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and, eventually, women, Boston is the stage for many firsts paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film is a journey into the wondrous kaleidoscope of the marathon, which today unifies humans of all ages, genders and races.

Algorithms,12:15 p.m.

Directed by Ian McDonald | UK | 100 minutes

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming chess masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. These are blind players vying for the Junior Chess Championship. Visually arresting and poetic, this film stands out for its subject – the blind chess players. It follows three talented boys from different parts of India and a totally blind player turned pioneer who not only aims to situate India on a global stage but also wants all blind children to play chess.

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