Life 8 - How to Become a President

They say that soccer and politics never mix, but what happens when they do? In Liberia, former World Player of the Year George Weah first ran for president in 2005, a year after the country's bloody civil war had ended. He lost out to current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Now he's studying in America to prepare for another campaign in 2011. But in a war-ravaged country like Liberia, some critics fear the soccer star could be dangerously out of his depth. Life goes on the road in Liberia to canvass the views of Liberians themselves.

'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

Citation

Main credits

Tetteroo, Peter (Director)
Tetteroo, Peter (Cinematographer)
Stouwe, André van der (Director)
Stouwe, André van der (Cinematographer)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Audio Network; camera, André van de Stouwe; editor, Erik van de Belt.


Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Anthropology
Citizenship and Civics
Conflict Resolution
Geography
Government
Political Science
Social Psychology
Sociology
War and Peace

Keywords

soccer, George Weah, Liberia, civil war, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, politics; "How to Become a President"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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