Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Life 8 - The Elephants' Dream of Peace

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In Ivory Coast the national soccer team, the Elephants, helped stop a civil war in 2005. Can the efforts of their top players avert disaster this time?

Life 8 - The Elephants' Dream of Peace

As the 2010 World Cup played out in South Africa, the Life series turned the camera on two other top African soccer stars: Didier Drogba, Chelsea striker and captain of the Ivory Coast team, and his teammate on both teams, Salomon Kalou. The Elephants are competing in South Africa wearing their distinctive orange uniforms, but on the other side of the continent, Ivorians are wearing orange to show their commitment to peace, tolerance and unity - and in homage to the role Drogba played in 2005 when he and his team helped stop the civil war that threatened to split the country in two. The Elephants' Dream of Peace tells the story of Drogba and the Elephants' 2005 peace mission.

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

De Haas, Joost (Director)
Hurkxkens, Thomas (Director)
Hurkxkens, Thomas (Cinematographer)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)
Verwer, Stefan (Producer)

Other credits

Music, Audio Network; fixer/translator, Selay Marius Kouassi; camera, Thomas Hurkxkens; editor, Erik van de Belt.

Distributor credits

Stefan Verwer

Stefan Verwer
Joost de Haas and Thomas Hurkxkens
Editor: Erik van de Belt
Production Manager: Niekie Kleintjens and Davina Rodrigues
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
A Production of Television Trust for the Environment

Docuseek2 subjects

Ivory Coast
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Conflict Resolution
Politics and Political Science
Social Psychology
War and Peace
Soccer (Football)
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Citizenship and Civics
Conflict Resolution
Political Science
Social Psychology
War and Peace


Ivory Coast, national soccer team, The Elephants, civil war 2005, 2010 World Cup, South Africa, Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast, Salomon Kalou, peace mission; "The Elephants' Dream of Peace"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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