Dream Town

24 min - USA Betty Bastidas

DreamTown is a story capturing the lives of three Afro-Ecuadorians in their ardent pursuit of playing professional soccer. Players, Ulyses, Carlos, and Anibals contrasting accounts embody the spirit of soccer as a vehicle to transcend racial, economic and social barriers that previously have divided a country and neglected this region. It is a story of striving for athletic success juxtaposed against the story of Ecuador's disenfranchised Afro-descendants, whose esteemed athletes have brought Ecuador to the World Cup. The film is set in the impoverished backwater towns of El Chota Valley, and captures a region that, prior to the 2002 World Cup, was invisible to the rest of the world.