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Football hits the big screen

GIRLS TOGETHER: A scene from The Anderson Monarchs

THE SECOND annual Kicking and Screening football festival commences this week with a selection of documentaries to attract the attention of sport and film fans alike.

K + S started last year, in partnership with Everyman Cinemas, and featured classics such as Escape to Victory, One Night in Turin and Rise and Shine: the Jay DeMerit story.

This year's partners include the Professional Footballers’ Association, We R Interactive, Forest Studies and Arsenal Community.

The festival commences on September 28 with a screening of the fan favourite Fever Pitch, to mark the 20th anniversary of Nick Hornby's book of a committed Arsenal fan. Introducing the film will be Arsenal legend and former captain, Tony Adams.

With a selection of ten films, there is something for everyone during the seven days. Films will be held at the various Everyman cinemas in London including their new venue in Maida Vale.

1:1 Thierry Henry charts the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker’s, move to the Major League Soccer team, New York Red Bulls in 2010. While Hero discusses the career and life of England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore.

El Clasico takes us to Spain and attempts to explain the rivalry between its top teams, Real Madrid and Barcelona. And in Danish Dynamite, the national team is discussed from 1979 to 1992, when they achieved their shock European Championship win.

Scandinavia is also the location for The Last Proletarians of Football, the social compact developed by Swedish governments between the 1930s and the 1970s - and how Sven-Göran Eriksson’s IFK Göteborg used it to shake European football to the core.

There are also films that remind us of how far the game travels and the impact it can have on the lives of its supporters, all over the world.

The world premiere of Sleeping Giant tells the interesting tale of two Indian teenagers as they compete for a trial with Premier League club, Queen Park Rangers.

While in The Anderson Monarchs an all-girls football team in Philadelphia comes under microscope; and how they fight to play the game, as they grow up in a dangerous neighbourhood.

Africa is visited in the Beautiful Game in the final screening on October 4 as it shows how people are using the beautiful game to change communities and help them achieve, both on and off the pitch.

A closing gala will follow with special guests, Patrick Viera and former West Bromwich Albion playerCyrille Regis.

For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.kickingandscreening.com/blog/london-2012.html

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