Washington,D.C. (July 13, 2010) – D.C. United will present a screening of theaward-winning soccer documentary Pelada at the Avalon Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. Peladapremiered at the SXSW film festival and has been featured at festivals acrossthe world. The event at the Avalonwill mark the film’s debut in Washington, D.C., and following the screeningthere will be a question and answer session with producer/director Ryan White.
Ticketsfor the screening are $15 and will benefit United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C. United.
Peladafollows twoformer college soccer players as they travel through 25 countries, playing inpick-up games with everyone from Bolivian prisoners to Kenyan moonshinebrewers. The film takes its name from the Portuguese word for pick-up soccer: pelada, which literally means “naked” –the game stripped down to its core.
Varietywrote, “Take the gutfeeling a Nike commercial can evoke and imagine riding that high for 90minutes.” Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl praised it as a “marvelous newsoccer documentary…a film that combines eye-popping cinematography with humanstories.” The New York Times describes it as “brimming with energy andoptimism…an extended love letter to soccer…close to pitch-perfect.”
Headquarteredin Washington, D.C. and playing home matches at RFK Stadium, D.C. United is themost successful professional soccer organization in the history of the UnitedStates. United is four-time MLS Cup Champions (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004)and winners of the 1996 and 2008 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF ChampionsCup, the 1998 InterAmerican Cup and the 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007 MLSSupporters’ Shield. For the latest headlines and official information on theBlack-and-Red, visit dcunited.com.
UnitedFor D.C., Inc. was founded in 2002 as the charitable arm of Major LeagueSoccer’s D.C. United. United For D.C. is a 501(c)3 organization charteredto serve the Washington, D.C. community by championing educational, health, andrecreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greaterWashington, D.C.