In Tanzania only 5% of girls will finish high school. 25% will be mothers by the age of 18. But thirty girls are about to get the chance of a lifetime.
Tanzanian football legend Charles Boniface Mkwasa selects thirty young and talented female footballers to come together as the Tanzania womens football team,
affectionately nicknamed the Twiga Stars. They prepare as a guest team for the West African Football Tournament, which will include world powerhouses like Nigeria and Ghana.
This feature-length documentary follows the Twiga Stars through the gruel of intensive training, the heartbreak of team cuts, and the tragedies of life that strike along the way... but through it all one theme resounds: a undying love for the game of football.
The Twiga Stars are not just a team. They are family, and together they fight on to prove wanawake wanaweza (meaning “women are capable”) and earn the support and attention of their football crazy nation.
Though the setbacks are many, the Twiga Stars keep on playing and smiling, and together they achieve what no one could have expected.
Twiga Stars: Tanzaniaʼs Soccer Sisters provides an intimate, energetic and uplifting portrait of young women trying to make it as footballers in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Screenings: Africa International Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, Denver Film Society, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Palm Beach Women's Film Festival, and many many more!
Winner, Audience Award, Africa International Documentary Festival
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