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16 January 2019

Give them a game.

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Tam Tam - Outside The Lines” - 5 mins 50s

This poignant short film looks at the plight of Italians of African descent who are effectively stateless because of Italy's refusal to automatically recognise as citizens those who are born there. It examines this through the prism of a basketball team who were not allowed to participate in a local league because of the players' status.

It's a beautifully measured little documentary, allowing the broader injustices to speak for themselves by concentrating on the story of how their coach fought for them to be given the right to play in the league. The narrator is a 14 year old boy called Wisdon who is part of the team and his young voice already sounds weary from the prejudice which surrounds him.

Director Greg Hackett recognised that this small story was representative of the increasing hostility towards refugees throughout Europe - especially those whose skin is a different colour, and he set out to tell the story in a highly creditable effort to make a difference.

Director's Agent: ENID London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Luigi Rossi
Production M'ger: Dickon Ireland
Executive Producer: Stitch Richardson / Lois Newcombe
Cinematographer: Todd Martin
1st AC / Focus Puller: Jonathan England
Sound Recordist: Emiliano Locatelli
Grip: Bjorn-Ante Roe
Editor: Tim Swaby
Colourist: Simon Osbourne @ Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Joe Wilkinson @ String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Luke Atencio

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