We started filming in December 2008 on our first of four shoots in Kenya over the period of a year. As a thousand aspiring actors auditioned at Kenya’s national soccer stadium — an appropriate location since the soap opera follows a soccer team composed of players from warring tribes — our crew was immediately struck by the idealism of the final cast. Some had never acted before and all were from different backgrounds in terms of tribe and class, but all seemed committed that the soap opera might just change their nation, and would undoubtedly change their lives. Finally, I thought, here was my positive “African story.” Well, without giving too much away, that was a bit of wishful thinking on my part. In soccer, as in life, it’s easy to celebrate a victory but the real test of character is how you react to a loss that’s as painful and as a kick to the head, and a blow to the heart. And that, more than anything, is what The Team is about.
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