Dreams. Hope. Fútbol.
A film about Oakland teens from immigrant families and the healing power of soccer.

2018 | USA | 39 min. Documentary |  Dir: Jun Stinson

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This documentary 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 a California native who 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 also uses her role to help players understand the inequities that exist in their community. A former professional athlete and the daughter of political refugees from Chile, 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 Las Cafeteras.



25th Anniversary
San Diego Latino Film Festival
March 15-25th
San Diego, California.
Screening date to be announced soon!

11th Annual
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Fri, Mar 23rd, 7:00 PM @ Little Red Hen-SCA
Sebastopol, California.


      Jun Stinson is an Oakland based filmmaker and a producer at AJ+. She has been a post-production producer and editor with Al Jazeera America, and produced stories for Current TV and KQED, among others. She was also on the post-production team of the feature documentary Spark: A Burning Man Story that premiered at SXSW. Her work is published in the Washington Post, Associated Press, espnW, and SFGate.com. She is a former BAVC National MediaMaker Fellow and San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse resident. Jun was raised in both Oakland and Kobe, Japan and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
      Jean Kawahara’s independent film credits include the feature documentaries, T-Rex; City of Borders; Yank Tanks; Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story and the narrative feature, Nail Polish. She was the consulting editor on the documentary, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, which won the best editing award at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Awards. Kawahara co-edited the New York Times documentary short series, Robotica and several segments of the YouTube documentary series, American Hipster. T-Rex premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and aired PBS’ Independent Lens. City of Borders garnered the Teddy Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and aired on various PBS stations. Yank Tanks was voted Best Documentary at the 2002 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Of Civil Wrongs and Rights won an Emmy for Best Editing and Directing at the 2001 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The film was also shortlisted for the 2001 Academy Awards and aired nation-wide on the PBS program P.O.V.
      Adrian Quesada is a grammy award winning producer and guitarist based in Austin, TX. Best known as the co-founder of Grupo Fantasma, Spanish Gold and The Echocentrics, he has worked with everyone from Prince to GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) to Daniel Johnston. He was one of twenty artists in the world to be nominated for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Artist initiative to be protege to the legendary Brian Eno. His music has been featured on MTV, HBO and Showtime along with major Hollywood films. He has also been a writer for the Ehko/FirstCom/Universal music library for many years, having contributed to many TV shows along the way. His work has been covered in Pitchfork, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, NPR and more.
      Las Cafeteras are a Los Angeles-based band of Native and migrant sons and daughters who create vibrant fusion music in what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.” Their infectious live performances have crossed genres and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli. Las Cafeteras sing with four versatile vocalists in English, Spanish, and Spanglish adding a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities.
      Jess Ramirez is a Latina journalist and filmmaker based in San Francisco. She is a producer at the digital news channel AJ+ where she recently produced a story about a DACA recipient and her experience after Trump rescinded the program in 2017. She has been on the production teams for a few films including the CAAM-selected Sunday Dinner and This Just In – a feature-length documentary in production exploring the innovative rebirth of the ‘newsroom’. She is a former San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse resident. A daughter of immigrant families, Jess is originally from Los Angeles, California.
      Raymond Telles’ thirty-five year career in film and television includes the production of numerous award-winning documentaries and news magazine segments. He has produced and directed for PBS, ABC, NBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Univision. His films have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Independent Television Service and Latino Public Broadcasting. Among the more than 30 documentaries Telles has produced and directed are The Peril and the Promise: Episode 6 of the PBS “Latino Americans” Series; The Storm that Swept Mexico, a feature-length history of the Mexican Revolution; The Fight in the Fields, a feature documentary on Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers’ movement, which was screened in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival; and Children of the Night: which was broadcast on Frontline-PBS. Raymond Telles has won numerous honors including three Emmy Awards, two PBS programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, a NATAS Community Service Award, an ALMA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.
      Roberto Daza is a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco. He has produced and shot for Univision, Al Jazeera, The Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, the Economist and numerous independent documentary productions. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Broadcast Television from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University.
      Kyana Moghadam is a multimedia journalist from the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History Master’s program, where she produced a multimedia oral history collection about the Iranian diaspora community in the U.S. as explored through memory, imagination, and stories of everyday life. Over the last decade she has worked with AFAR Media, Democracy Now!, The Rule of Law Guantanamo Bay Oral History Project, and The 1947 Partition Archive.
      Tijana Petrović is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works as a cinematographer on independent documentary and fiction films, as well as commercial projects. Tijana’s films have screened internationally at festivals including True/False, Dok Leipzig and Ann Arbor. She is a lecturer at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College, and a graduate of the Documentary Film MFA program at Stanford University.
      Martha Saavedra is a faculty member of UC Berkeley and teaches courses on sports, politics and development. She’s a trained Political Scientist and has been on the editorial boards of Soccer and Society and Sport in Society. She’s also a veteran of Title IX battles, has played soccer for over 30 years and has been a coach for over 12 years.
      Pedro Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA, and the former Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is the author of seven books and over 150 articles and monographs, including “Creating the Opportunity to Learn” with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011) and “Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males” with A. Hurtado and E. Fergus (Routledge, 2011). From 2009 – 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor.
      Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. He’s one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” and is the winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive.
      Emma Paulino launched her organizing career fighting for her three children as they struggled in Oakland public schools. Over the last 16 years, as an OCO leader and staff person, Emma has been a champion for deep, sustainable leadership development—identifying and shaping thousands of moms, dads, students, teachers, pastors and parishioners who fight for excellent and equitable education, just immigration policy and safe communities.


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