Wednesday, January 04, 2012


My new favorite movie is a documentary about pickup soccer (surprise!) called Pelada. Two pretty good, former college soccer stars decided to travel around the world filming street games. I know, the coolest, right? These guys play the beautiful game in Brazil, China, Iran (!), Germany, Kenya and 20 other countries documenting how everyday people love, love, love soccer.

I loved this film because I could identify with so many people around the world and feel a kinship with folks from all walks of life.

You may not be a soccer fan and think it's a boring game, but take three minutes to watch the trailer and see how soccer is played around the globe, then try not to watch the whole film on Netflix.


  1. I L-O-V-E-D how it showed how soccer bridged cultural, political and gender chasms, even though it could be strained (Arabs vs. Jews in Jerusalem the day after a terrorist bombing, a group of men allowing an American woman to play with/against them in Tehran?!?)! Too bad that when it comes to the "important" stuff we can't collectively seem to remember we're all pretty similar the world over. Great, beautiful movie. :)

  2. Very cool. Thanks for posting; this is the first time I have heard of this movie before. Have you seen the documentary on the "Homeless World Cup"? It is pretty amazing too.