Directed by Kenneth Michiels
Belgium | 54 min. | French, Dutch (English subtitled)
Can football make a difference? L'Etranger zooms in on the coach and young footballers of BX Brussels, a social and sporting project started by Vincent Kompany. Moussa – who emigrated from Senegal not so long ago – is a coach for the boys both on and off the field. L'Etranger follows them through wins and losses, respect and cultural differences, sportsmanship, friendship and quarrel. Will Moussa manage to keep the group together and achieve results? Or will the problems take the upper hand?
Director Kenneth Michiels followed Moussa and the young ones for a year. Some of the young people are labelled as 'unmanageable': they have a precarious situation at home and most of them can do little more than play football. Sometimes there is talent, but no discipline or motivation. 0-8 losses (or more) are no exception. Can football bring about a change?
In 2011 Kenneth Michiels won the VAF Wildcard during his graduation at KASK with his work "Twenty-One + Seven," a portrait of his sister Britt and her daughter. He used his Wildcard to create L'etranger under the wings of Bonka Circus, the production company founded in 2010 by Vincent Kompany
This screening will be preceeded by the short documentary
(Sam Peeters / België / 14 min.)
Director Kenneth Michiels
Production company MOOSE & TASH, Bonka Circus
Editing Kenneth Michiels
Producer Kenneth Michiels, Catherine Castille
Cinematography Kenneth Michiels
Music Hannes De Maeyer