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UK: Pathe Distribution / Warner Bros Pictures International UK
Cast: Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Yves Dusenge, Sherrie Silver, Emmanuel Jal, Presley Chweneyagae, Rapulana Seiphemo, Patrick Mofokeng, Richard Lukunku, Moky Mukura, Leleti Khumalo
Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson
Countries: UK / Rwanda / South Africa
UK: 87 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence, language and sex references
UK Release Date: 22 October 2010
AFRICA UNITED tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream - to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.
On the way to the vital selection trial, disaster strikes when Fabrice, Dudu and Beatrice board the wrong bus and cross into the Congo. Without papers, money or a believable story, they are escorted to a children's refugee camp. But with considerable ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized heroes escape the camp and set off in pursuit of their dream, picking up along the way a "dream team" of displaced kids, who help them negotiate a series of thrilling and hilarious adventures.
During their 3000 mile journey, we encounter an Africa few people ever see; experience an epic adventure across seven countries; and feel the joy, laughter and hope that comes from making an incredible journey together.
AFRICA UNITED is a dramatic, heartfelt and enchanting story set to enthral family audiences worldwide.
The film introduces five exciting young actors from Uganda, Rwanda and the UK: Eriya Ndayambaje (Dudu); Roger Nsengiyumva (Fabrice); Sanyu Joanita Kintu (Beatrice); Sherrie Silver (Celeste) and Yves Dusenge (Foreman George)
Written by Rhidian Brook, AFRICA UNITED is the feature film directorial debut of Debs Gardner-Paterson. The film is a UK/Rwanda/South African co-production and is produced by Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard of Footprint Films and Eric Kabera of Link Media (Rwanda) alongside co-producers Mark Hubbard and Lance Samuels. The film is executive produced by Francois Ivernel and Cameron McCracken for Pathe and Christine Langan for BBC Films.