[ pelada ] – Soccer Movie Comes to San Diego

Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer.  Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games.  Every country has a different word for it.  In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.”  In Trinidad, it’s “taking a sweat.”  In England, it’s “having a kick-about.”  In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means “naked”—the game stripped down to its core.  It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere.

Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros.  Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game.  From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.

When: Thursday May 20th @ 8pm

Where: The Pearl Hotel “Dive in Theater”; Directions: Click Here

Tickets: $10 at the door

Check out the Official Pelada website: http://www.pelada-movie.com/

Want to see the Trailer?  Click Here

CNN interview

“To get a sense of Pelada‘s unique motivational quality, take the gut feeling a killer Nike commercial can evoke and imagine riding that high for 90 minutes.”

-Peter Debruge, Variety

“What elevates Pelada from a cute highlight travelogue to something more resonant is the filmmakers’ ability to find compelling stories and earn the trust of their interview subjects…the result is a film that combines eye-popping cinematography with human stories.”

-Sports Illustrated

An extended love letter to soccer, which might have sounded tone deaf if the filmmakers had written it to the professional game with all its modern-day flaws, but which rings close to pitch-perfect because they have addressed it to the base.”

-The New York Times

“[Pelada is] deeply personal, emotionally resonant, engrossingly informative, and humbly objective. The combination is potent.”

-Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects

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