This Sunday, Kansas City soccer fans will have a chance to relive the experience of the 2010 World Cup with a special screening of the documentary, Laduma.
The documentary, shot by filmmakers and soccer fans Jon Korn and Ashwin Chaudhary, chronicles the experience of the American supporters who trekked to long-suffering South Africa to support the U.S. Men's team.
"Laduma is a celebration of the unrivaled power of the beautiful game," said Korn, also the film's executive producer. "It brings people and cultures together like no other sport in the World. We wanted to document the supporters experience of being at the world's biggest most important sporting event, as a means to growing the love for soccer in America."
But the movie is about more than just the American experience, using interviews with the South African hosts to help document, according to Korn, "the integral role soccer played in the timeline of South African sports and politics."
The grand theme is that "soccer is the ultimate unifier in our world," Korn said.
The film features interviews with fans, both American and South African, as well as media figures like ESPN's Alexi Lalas and Bob Ley, and Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.
The screening is this Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Screenland Armour theater. It is being hosted in conjunction with the Kansas City Cauldron -- the largest Sporting Kansas City supporter's group -- and the American Outlaws.
It has already been shown to positive reviews in New York and Philadelphia.
"Kansas City is known as one of the greatest soccer cities in the U.S.," Korn said about bringing the event to KC. "The supporter base is just awesome at Sporting KC games."
The timing of the screening purposefully coincides with the Olympic qualification this weekend on Saturday and Monday. (Perhaps the screening of a great American moment in soccer can help soothe the sting of the U.S. U-23s failing to qualify for the Olympics.)
The money from the screening will support Kansas City-based supporter groups. The DVD release (later this year) will raise money for South African charities. For more information on the movie and the charities, check outladuma-film.com
What the trailer and enjoy the goosebumps. This should be a great experience.