La Coupe du Monde à l’Alliance Française de Chicago
In recognition of the World Cup, the global soccer tournament held every four years, the Alliance is launching a series of programs and events that will examine the importance of soccer in contemporary society – both in France and around the world.
Conversations will address how sports impacts our identities individually and collectively, and its power to inspire and unite diverse groups of people across a variety of borders – geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural.
In partnership with other international organizations in Chicago, our programming will include film screenings, panel discussions, game viewing events and social gatherings. We aim to highlight the participation of numerous Francophone countries in the tournament, including Belgium, Canada, Cameroon, France, Senegal, Morocco, Switzerland, and Tunisia.
December 1 - Cœur de Quartier: Film Screening • Ballon Sur Bitume (Concrete Football)
Join us for a screening of the documentary Ballon sur Bitume (Concrete Football), a celebration of street soccer and its cultural importance in the lives of residents of the French banlieues.
A panel discussion will follow, during which our guest speakers will address themes including the importance of soccer in contemporary society, how sports impacts our identities individually and collectively, and their own personal backgrounds and experiences in the sports world. The focus of the conversation will be on the cultural importance of football in France and around the world, how it brings diverse groups of people together, and the pride of being affiliated with the French team.
Pascal Bedrossian, Former professional soccer player in France and in MLS with Chicago Fire for 13 years
Robert Rixer, Professional soccer player for the Philippines and 2nd tier Australia
Steffen Niemann, Documentary filmmaker of the soccer documentary, The White Puma
David Zaslavsky, member of the AF Chicago Board of Directors (moderator)