Kusasa is an international co-production between Chuan Films and Tencent Pictures in China and Advantage Entertainment and Optical Films in South Africa. Filmed over two months in South Africa and Sweden, Kusasa is the story of a young football team from South Africa and their journey to compete in the world’s largest youth football tournament, the Gothia Cup. From the bustling streets of a slum in Cape Town to the tree-lined avenues of Sweden, this group of football players and their larger-than-life coaches embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Kusasa is currently touring the festival circuit where it will have its world premiere at the Chagrin International Film Festival before moving onto Austin Film Festival as part of the marquee selection.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck South Africa, the government mandated that anyone who left their house, needed to where a mask. Masks for an entire family can quickly add up especially in a community with already limited financial resources. Before Kusasa’s cinematic release in China later this year, we decided to use excerpts from the film as an incentive for a crowd funding campaign to purchase masks not only for the Kusasa Stars, but the entire community. We managed to raise enough money to purchase and distribute 10,000 masks. In addition to the masks we were also able to distribute more than 100 litres of hand sanitiser and are in the process of setting up a scholarship fund to send the boys to better schools.