UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Global Initiatives and Carolina for Kibera will host a one-time only screening of the acclaimed documentary “Without a Fight,” featuring a live musical accompaniment from Durham-based Megafaun and a host of special guests at UNC’s Memorial Hall on Thu., Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
“Without a Fight” follows the triumphs and travails of four African youth as they vie for a championship in Kibera, a Kenyan slum rife with ethnic tensions and violent upheavals. For the youth of Kibera, soccer is a way of life. But until the Champion’s League was formed ten years ago, thanks in part to the UNC-based nonprofit Carolina for Kibera, soccer was also a source of tension and violence. Youth peace activists in Kibera asked themselves a question in the face of tribal tension: what would happen if they formed a league that required kids from different tribes to be on the same team? “Without a Fight” answers this question and offers a unique look into the problems of poverty and division.
The screening at Memorial Hall marks a homecoming for director Jason Arthurs, who graduated from UNC, and producer Beth Kutchma, who works at UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives and is part of the heralded Durham-based band Red Collar. While finishing “Without a Fight,” they asked Megafaun’s Brad and Phil Cook to write and compose the soundtrack.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a food truck rodeo outside Memorial Hall, activities for students and families, a demonstration from rope skippers The Bouncing Bulldogs, and a special appearance by UNC soccer sensation and world-renowned freestylist Indi Cowie, whose talents have been featured on various television programs, a Manchester United football match, and in a New York Times video.
After the film, there will be a Q&A session with Barcott, Kutchma, Arthurs, Phil and Brad Cook, and Hillary Omala, the Executive Director of Carolina for Kibera—the organization that sponsors the soccer league featured in the film.
Tickets to the screening are $15 for the public, $10 for UNC faculty and staff, and $5 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free.