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December 13, 2023 - Pelada - Meaningful Movie

What: Meaningful Movie "Pelada" ("Naked" in Portuguese)

When: Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm

Where: The Park Church - Beecher Hall (enter via parking lot door near Gray St.)

The event is free! Coffee, cookies, and pop corn, too.

A family-friendly documentary about soccer/football

"At a recent family gathering, pelada held the attention of our whole group -- including Max, 10, who plays Minecraft and piano; Eloise, 12, who plays soccer and basketball; and their parents and grandparents, who play tennis and golf."

~Donna H.

*Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games.

Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.” In Trinidad, it’s “taking a sweat.” In England, it’s “having a kick- about.” In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means “naked”—the game stripped down to its core. It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere— and it’s a window into lives all around the world.

Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, pelada is the story of the people who play.

Watch the trailer


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