Kicking It is a documentary about six soccer/football (Soccer for us Yanks, Football for everyone else) teams from Afghanistan, Spain, Ireland, Kenya, Russia, and the U.S. that are compromised of players that are homeless from the time they are picked for teams, training to when they compete in the 2008 Homeless World Cup that are being held in South Africa. The film touches on the lives of one player from each team, the circumstances that lead them to their predicament, and what they are doing to persevere to move forward in their respective lives.
I have said before that I am not into sports, but after reading the premise of this movie I was a bit intrigued about the subject matter. I was curious to see whether the focus of the film was actually on the six players from each country or if the focus would be more on those who work with these individuals and it more or less turns into,
“Look at what I am doing! Look how I am helping! Ain’t I so great!”
Thankfully, the case was that it did indeed focus and stay focused on the subjects at hand. At the beginning of the film each of the men are shown in their respective countries and in their home environment as they talk about what lead to them being homeless to their ambitions to striving hard in hopes to improve their current situations. It actually spent enough time to allow you to learn about each of the players as they tell a bit of their life story.
I did enjoy watching this documentary, although I will suggest if anyone else is going to watch this to do so with an open mind.