Today, 21 March, is the fourth day of the Thinking Football Film Festival, organised by the Fundación Athletic Club and the Sala BBK, with Euskaltel as the main sponsor.
The short film I love hooligans (Netherlands, 2013) by Jan-Dirk Bouw will be shown at 18:00. This is an award-winning short animated film telling the story of a hooligan with undying love for his club.
This will be followed by the film Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play (USA, 2015) by Jerome Thélia, a short documentary exploring the little-known origins of ball games and showing how these are not exclusive to our species.
Later, at 20:00, the short film Saturday (United Kingdom, 2014) by Mike Forshaw will be screened, about the Hillsborough stadium tragedy seen through the eyes of Liam, an eight-year old boy whose brother was in the stadium.
After this, we’ll see the documentary Matthews (United Kingdom, 2017) telling the story of one of the best footballers in history, Sir Stanley Matthews, who left professional football at the age of fifty after a career that dazzled the world, becoming the first Ballon d’Or in history. But his legend continued to grow afterwards when, while living in South Africa, he decided to train black players in the suburbs of Johannesburg, defying the exclusion policies of apartheid. Those players became known as Stan´s Men.
After the screening of the film, its director, Ryan Scott Warren, will talk with the journalist Santiago Segurola and the audience.
All the screenings are in the Sala BBK with free entry up to capacity.