Futbolistas 4 Life


Futbolistas 4 Life is about Oakland teens from immigrant families and the healing power of soccer.

The documentary film takes you into the lives of two high schoolers: One is a DACA applicant who's navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen but lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

The film also features the fighting spirit of their coach Dania. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world are using their platform to speak out on injustices in the U.S., Dania too uses her role as a coach to help her players understand inequities that exist in their community. A former professional soccer player, Dania uses her love for the game and her family's own immigrant experience to connect with and empower her players.  

Futbolistas 4 Life sheds light on the stress experienced nationwide by immigrant youth living in communities with high rates of  poverty and violence - communities increasingly in the crosshairs of harsh federal immigration policies. The film will captivate you with its compelling characters, cinematic footage, beautiful score by Grammy Award winning Adrian Quesada and additional music by the dynamic urban folk band Las Cafeteras.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Jun Stinson (director/producer) is an Oakland-based independent filmmaker and a producer at AJ+. She has been a post-production producer and editor with Al Jazeera America, produced segments for Current TV's daily political analysis show The War Room and stories for KQED's The California Report, among others. She was also on the post-production team of the feature documentary Spark: A Burning Man Story that premiered at SXSW in 2013. Her work is published in the Washington Post, Associated Press, espnW, and She is a former BAVC National MediaMaker Fellow and SFFILM FilmHouse resident. Jun was raised in both Oakland and Kobe, Japan and is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2018
  • Director(s): Jun Stinson
  • Cinematographer(s): Tijana Petrovic, Roberto Daza

FSP 1496

FilmHouse Resident project