Documentary Track

DREAMTOWN

Project Synopsis:

Dreamtown follows the triumphant yet at times tragic portrait of three young men’s struggle to realize their dream. They compete for their place on Ecuador's professional soccer team; after finding success, they became determined to uplift their people. The dreams of a pro, a protege, and a novice collide as these Afro-Ecuadorians perform for many audiences in the hope of bringing home more than just a medal.  This film is set in the impoverished Afro-Ecuadorian town of El Chota Valley, a place where the primary export is Ecuador's top soccer talent and, prior to the 2002 World Cup, was invisible to the rest of the world. Even though it is now known, El Chota still remains marginalized by a nation that reveres its athletes.  The players families’ survival and their entire community's dreams ride on their shoulders.