With the World Cup in full bloom and worldwide fan support set at a fever pitch, the documentary We Must Go is a perfect complement to one’s soccer obsessed climate. Directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker, the project centers on coach Bob Bradley’s determined fight to take the Egyptian National Soccer team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you’re looking for a puff piece on Bradley or a predictable happy ending, We Must Go will turn those expectations on its very head. Diehard soccer fans know Egypt fell short of a World Cup appearance and Bradley is now the coach of Stabaek in Norway.
Winning and losing takes on a different color in Egypt, where politics and soccer are dangerously intertwined. In heartbreaking and even eyed fashion, the documentary also chronicles the Port Said tragedy in which 74 people perished in a soccer match. Dahlia and Yasmine Khouzam, the mother and daughter of one of the individuals killed in the incident, are also interviewed in the documentary.
“When we came to this film, it was September 2011 when Bob got the job,” said LaMattina. “We (thought) this would be a cool fish out of water story and it was, at that point, just a sports story to us. We never expected that we would include a family who lost a child at a riot at a soccer game”
As much as We Must Go is a story of Bradley’s quest to bring Egypt back to soccer prominence (their last World Cup appearance was in 1990), the project also looks at a country where the fight continues long after the game is over. “What I really love is there are truly intelligent youth out there like Yasmine,” added Walker. “She says in the movie that she’s not talking about revolution or protest. Her journey is that she’s going to become a reporter, and that’s what it’s really going to take – these bright, youthful people, maybe to continue to protest but maybe to get into positions of power where they can make change.”
We Must Go is currently available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.