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WE MUST GO is a feature documentary chronicling the journey of the Egyptian National Soccer team and coach Bob Bradley as they fight to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

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Egypt has one of the richest football histories in all of Africa, but despite its continental success, the team hasn’t reached soccer’s ultimate stage in 24 years. Now The Pharaohs and their American coach, as unlikely a pairing as there ever was, have the chance to do more than realize their shared dream of World Cup qualification — they can unite a bitterly divided nation.

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We Must Go is a brilliant, must-see documentary for any American, especially those who felt they had a “bad day”. The experience of this movie will refreshen your perspective on life. We Must Go is not a football (American soccer) documentary or a sports documentary, even though the surface story is sports. This well-paced documentary weaves three stories of fear, hope and reality together to achieve its goal as a document of humanity. It is rare when a film makes you cheer, smile, cringe and cry. In today’s climate, many would politicize this film, but to truly understand the movie you have to be willing to turn off any judgements you have about Egypt.

 The best part of We Must Go is you do not need to be a fan of football (American soccer) or watch the World Cup to understand the film. We Must Go is a film I wish I could recommend for all ages, but due to the “real life” violence, parental guidance is strongly suggested. I guess, PG-13 is the best rating for this indie gem.

 

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WE MUST GO comes from Copper Pot Pictures’ Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker, and is produced by Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker, and Clay Frost. The film features Bob Bradley (former US and Egypt national coach & current coach of Stabæk in Norway), Mohamed Aboutrika (4-time Africa Best Player of the Year, ’06, ’08, ’12, ’13), Mohamed Salah (Named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012; current member of Chelsea and Egypt National Team), Sherif Ekramy (Goalkeeper for Al-Ahly), Grant Wahl (Leading soccer journalist in the US, Sports Illustrated), James Montague (Best New Writer as British Sports Book Awards 2009; author of When Friday Comes and Thirty One Nil), James Dorsey (Author of acclaimed blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer), and Alexi Lalas (former American player and current ESPN analyst; inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006).

 

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Gravitas will gave the film a full global release on June 10, two days before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The film is available for pre-order now on iTunes and WeMustGoMovie.com through Yekra.  Soccer and documentary fans around the world can easily enjoy the film because beyond English, the film has available subtitles for the following 11 languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish (Castillian & Latin American), and Swedish. WE MUST GO has a running time of 95 minutes.

 

Film Review by Paul Booth

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