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Home and Away:
In Search of Dreams at the Homeless World Cup

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A moving insight into how sport has the power to change lives. Every four years people all over the globe unite to watch their favourite soccer team battle it out for the glory of winning the World Cup. But there’s another World Cup that isn’t quite as glamorous: the Homeless World Cup (HWC), an annual tournament for poor and dispossessed players from around the world. In 2008 award-winning author and filmmaker Dave Bidini accompanied Homeless Team Canada to the HWC in Melbourne, Australia. What Bidini found was the ultimate underdog sporting event, teeming with stories of humanity and twice as relevant to our times as any modern big-ticket spectacle. Through seeing the players’ disappointments, frustrations, joys and triumphs, Bidini understands the true meaning of this tournament. He sees firsthand the power of sport to transform the lives of those on the edge – how the decision to play this game can mean the difference between survival or a life of addiction, poverty or crime. Home and Away offers a powerful look at the homeless and disadvantaged, from the barrios of Mexico City and the shanties of West Africa to the streets of North America, Europe and Australia, and illuminates the renewed meaning that these homeless players find in the beautiful game.

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A moving insight into how sport has the power to change lives.

Every four years people all over the globe unite to watch their favourite soccer team battle it out for the glory of winning the World Cup. But there’s another World Cup that isn’t quite as glamorous: the Homeless World Cup (HWC), an annual tournament for poor and dispossessed players from around the world.

In 2008 award-winning author and filmmaker Dave Bidini accompanied Homeless Team Canada to the HWC in Melbourne, Australia. What Bidini found was the ultimate underdog sporting event, teeming with stories of humanity and twice as relevant to our times as any modern big-ticket spectacle.

Through seeing the players’ disappointments, frustrations, joys and triumphs, Bidini understands the true meaning of this tournament. He sees firsthand the power ofsport to transform the lives of those on the edge – how the decision to play this game can mean the difference between survival or a life of addiction, poverty or crime.

Home and Away offers a powerful look at the homeless and disadvantaged, from the barrios of Mexico City and the shanties of West Africa to the streets of North America, Europe and Australia, and illuminates the renewed meaning that these homeless players find in the beautiful game.

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Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini

Winner of the 2006F.G. Bressani Award, Dave Bidini is the author of eight books, all of themcritically acclaimed and many of them bestsellers. He has made twoaward-winning films and has several new films in development. Dave has writtenfor a number of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, VillageVoice and the Globe and Mail.His book Tropic of Hockey was namedin theTop 100 books of the century by McClelland & Stewart. For 25 years, he was afounding member of Rheostatics, Canada’s most beloved independent band; now hetours with his new group, BidiniBand.

‘This book is so special. It’s funny and illuminating and filled with soccer drama, but mostly it’s about the stories of people who are ignored by their fellow citizens in whatever exotic country they may be from.’ CBC Books on Home and Away

Nothing loved can be reduced to mere entertainment, to mere anything. So just as I have an exalted view of literature and bristle at the notion ofart as mere entertainment and cannot fathom anyone having a good, thinking life that doesn’t include reading, so Dave Bidini exalts, bristles and cannot fathomon the subject of hockey. Each one of us cares, defends and justifies what heor she loves. Put all those passions together, and you have a society, aculture, a nation.’ Yann Martel (Life of Pi) on Dave Bidini’s Tropic of Hockey

‘Bidini’s books give sports and travel writing a charge.’ Georgia Straight on The Best Game You Can Name

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