On Friday the nation celebrated news Australia and New Zealand will host the Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Closer to home the latest addition to the Illawarra-based U & Me short-film project, which celebrates the world game, was launched.
Young people from refugee backgrounds are behind the short-film project which concentrates on the friendship of two goalkeepers.
Sharing a passion for football, goalkeeping and music, prominent Wollongong goalkeepers and coaches John Krajnovic, of Croatian background, and Dave Curley, have been friends since they met on the first day of high school 41 years ago.
Watch the film Friendship: The Universal Game online on U & Me’s Facebook page.
“Because it is so truly international, people from all over the world can express the way they play through that game. People from different countries and different cultures play the game according to their culture,” Dave says about football, which embraces and celebrates diversity.
Young people from Syria, Burundi, Eritrea, Congo and Burma made the film during a five-day workshop with Why Documentaries and Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra.
MCCI community manager Allyson Pazos said the release of the film was timely as “we are all looking forward to return to full-contact community sport in NSW”.
The U & Me series shares positive stories about friendship between people from different backgrounds to highlight the rich cultural diversity in Australia. The series was a finalist at the Australian Human Rights Commission Awards 2017.
“Our stories show us what we have and what we can be. The stories are about positive modeling. If we see it, we have some sort of bench mark, if all we see is division, we start to feel and enact that,” Why Documentaries’ producer/director Sandra Pires said.
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