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Political Film Series - The Game of Their Lives
Start Date: 6/12/2014Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 6/12/2014
Event Description:
Today is the day millions of soccer fans around the globe have been anxiously awaiting: the opening day of the 2014 World Soccer Cup in Brazil. The last time Brazil hosted this event was in 1950. Back then soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls the game, was a much less visible sport in the United States than it is today, played mainly by recent immigrants from Europe. One of the major immigrant communities with the best soccer talent in 1950 was the Hill, an Italian community in St. Louis. The film (aka The Miracle Match) is based on the true story of the 1950 U.S. soccer team recruited at the last minute, which against all odds did not lose its opening game against football power house England. This movie is not just a soccer story however, but also the story of 20th century immigrants’ integration into American society. And it further is a story about the power of sports as a means to reduce stereotyping and prejudice, unite citizens, and create a sense of national identity. This inspiring feature is therefore one that any sports fan will not want to miss.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and  the School of Sciences Co-sponsored by AUM Athletics.

The Political Film Series seeks film diversity by incorporating a mix of film genres and a short introduction to film subject and context, provided by AUM faculty. The audience is invited to stay for discussion of the films after screening. Film screenings are free of charge and open to the public; complimentary popcorn and soda are served. The series is made possible through a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. For further information or to be added to the Political Film Series email list, please contact Dr. Pia Knigge at or 334-244-3834. 
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Goodwyn Hall 112
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