As the World Cup edges closer and we see the beautiful game and it's most glam, I think it may be a good time to reflect on the game at it's most beautiful, as one of the best methods of communication and one of the best practices in peace that this world can offer.
As such, there are two documentaries I recommend, this is the first of the two.
This is The Other Final. This documents the run-up to a friendly match played in Thimphu on the same day as the 2002 FIFA World Cup final. Instead of being Brazil vs. Germany in the biggest game of them all however, it was played between the two lowest-ranked national teams in the world, Bhutan and Montserrat. It shows how two extremely different cultures managed to bond over a shared love of football.
The second one I will post in the next few days if you would like me to. Without giving too much away, the next documentary is a more emotionally charged, touching and at times harrowing look at grassroots football, and coincidentally, like The Other Final, also has a strong Buddhist current flowing throughout, in fact, I'd say much more!