Riz Khan
Africa United
A movie that takes a light-hearted look at some of Africa's most critical problems.
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 12:47 GMT

Africa United is a light-hearted road movie, but along with the laughs, it also raises the fundamental question - how can Africa reconcile its divisions?


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The films centres around five kids determined to watch the World Cup in South Africa thousands of kilometers away. They set off on a trek across several countries, overcoming obstacles and befriending a bunch of quirky characters along the way.

The subtext of the film addresses Africa's toughest challenges such as AIDS, poverty, class divisions and the role of child soldiers in conflict.

On Wednesday, we will be talking about the film and its message with director Debs Gardner-Paterson and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal who plays a pivotal character in the movie.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

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