Pursuit of Hope The Story Behind the Documentary
This feature-length documentary follows a
group of amazing athletes on their journey to
secure a spot on the Haitian national amputee
football team, then earn a berth in the 2014
World Cup of Amputee Football.
We document their struggles – both individually and collectively – to ultimately gain widespread acceptance, and be viewed like anyone else.
The film follows the players as they compete and eventually learn their fate, and highlights their experiences at the World Cup, and a special U.S. tour.
We see the lives of our key characters, away
from the football field, as well, as they
navigate life without limbs, attempt to keep
jobs, cook for themselves, create artwork, and
engage in activities of passion.
The cultural belief that persons with disabilities and amputees have less worth than able-bodied persons is addressed.
The film culminates as we see if the players have attained their goals, and have changed perception for people without limbs.
The personal stories of key central characters – and the circumstances
that left them disabled – are detailed, as is the depth of emotional
turmoil each has dealt with as they have moved from tragedy to hope:
Francillon – the 40-year-old veteran, and gifted artist who lost a leg.
Emmanuel – the young goalkeeper, who lost his arms when he was crushed under a building in the earthquake.
Cesar – who lost his arms in an electrical accident and is one of the few amputees in the country who holds down a job, and cooks for and feeds himself.
Makendy – who lost his leg in the earthquake, yet is good enough to be voted as the team captain.
Olky – who lost his leg in a car accident, and now cuts hair for a living.