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La Otra Copa


Anyone thrilled by Turkey's miracle late goals in the European championships or Spain's dazzling players David Villa and Fernando Torres might be let down by the play in La Otra Copa, an offbeat film about the Homeless World Cup. But they will be impressed by the hubris of the team from Buenos Aires. Homeless or not, they are Argentine footballers, and the world should fear them, they say. The oxymorons of the homeless representing their nations at an international event are quirky and entertaining in a documentary that doesn't strive to make many grand statements, but it rebounds into a few poignant moments anyway. Men who sell the magazine about homelessness, Hecho en Beunos Aires, on the streets are invited to try out for the team, which the magazine is trying to send to the cup in Sweden. Some of the better players can't manage to find birth certificates or get passports, but finally a team heads to Europe, where it faces off against the homeless of other nations, is humbled by the United States, 9-0, and for a week gets warm beds to sleep in at night. The homeless of other nations are an interesting bunch as well. A Scottish young man offers his admiration for Che Guevara ('He's like Diego Maradona with a gun") when he compares poverty and social services in the U.K. to South American nations. It's ironic that the World Cup in South Africa (and the Olympics in China) are making thousands homeless as land is appropriated for stadiums, facilities and tourism development. The world will watch the games anyway, and people will take pride in their nation's best athletes. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Sun., July 6

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;


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