THE BALL is a 5 part documentary that explores mankind’s most simple and perfect game. Long before the invention of football as we know it, the ball has been kicked around the globe by many different cultures. Travelling through Myanmar, Thailand, Germany, Ireland and Brazil, each 15-minute episode celebrates the beauty and history of traditional games in contrasting societies.
1. JIKUNAHATY (BRAZIL)
Long before the invention of football, the Paresi tribe celebrated the encounter between the physical and spiritual body in ‘Jikunahaty’. They play using their heads and the closer they get to the ground, the more contact they have with their roots.
2. SEPAK TAKRAW (THAILAND)
A type of footvolley mixed with martial arts, Sepak Takraw or kick volleyball, cultivates the perfect way of lifting body and soul. Sepak Takraw combines vigor, ability and discipline.
3. GAELIC FOOTBALL (IRELAND)
Gaelic Football was born from a pig’s bladder. The first recorded game of Gaelic Football took place in 1715 in Louth, where two communities played across the valley.
4. RADBALL (GERMANY)
Between tradition and technology, Radball or Cycle ball, redefines the concept of ball games. Goals are scored using the wheels of a bicycle instead of the foot in this highly charged game of acrobatic soccer.
5. CHINLONE (MYANMAR)
For over 1500 years Chinlone was practiced to entertain the monarchy. Now it’s the country’s most popular and vibrant game. Each year, for more than 70 years, the local people gather at the chinlone festival to celebrate! Chinlone is a sport without an adversary and the goal is not to win but how beautifully you play.