The Flying Stars

Bornor Kargbo is an amputee who plays organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war he suffered a decade ago. As he dreams of playing internationally, the fiery team captain wrestles with nightmares that haunt his daily life and threatens the very family he is struggling to feed in one of the poorest nations on Earth. Can Bornor overcome his postwar trauma and score a victory for his children off the soccer pitch?

  • Ngardy Conteh George
    Director
  • Allan Tong
    Director
  • Allan Tong
    Writer
  • Ngardy Conteh George
    Producer
  • Allan Tong
    Producer
  • Katarina Soukup
    Producer
  • Colin Akoon
    Director of Photography
  • Tiffany Beaudin
    Editors
  • Cameron Esler
    Editors
  • Ngardy Conteh George
    Editors
  • Kobena Aquaa-Harrison
    Original Music
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Sierra Leone
  • Language:
    English, Other
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival
    Montreal, QC Canada
    November 14, 2014
    World Premiere
  • New York African Film Festival
    New York City
    May 16, 2015
    American Premiere
  • Women's International Film Festival
    Miami, FL
    June 6, 2015
    Florida premiere
  • Harlem International Film Festival
    Harlem, NY
    September 12, 2015
  • BronzeLens Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    November 6, 2015
    Atlanta premiere
    *Best Documentary Award*
  • Toronto Black Film Festival
    Toronto, ON
    February 12, 2016
    Toronto premiere
Director Biography - Ngardy Conteh George, Allan Tong

NGARDY CONTEH GEORGE
As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy Conteh George always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora. As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streets, a short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean-Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!. She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (half-hour documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TV, Arts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV. She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

ALLAN TONG
Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He has served as an office manager, post-production manager and associate producer at documentary production companies. His articles about cinema regularly appear in the IFP’s Filmmaker magazine, and he has programmed for several film festivals. Allan is writing scripted television after recently completing the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

(Photo: Cody M Turner)

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