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‘Next Goal Wins’ screens in Vail Friday

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In the acclaimed documentary "Next Goal Wins," the underdog Samoan soccer team looks to redeem themselves from the bottom of the professional circuit.
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What: Screening of soccer underdog documentary “Next Goal Wins.”

Where: Vail Mountain School.

When: Friday 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.

More information: Visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com.

VAIL — The Vail Film Festival presents the second film of its winter screening series with the documentary “Next Goal Wins,” directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. Pleasing audiences around the film festival circuit, the film tells the story of the worst soccer team in the world. In 2001, the Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 loss to Australia.

A decade after that night, they still remained at the bottom of FIFA’s world rankings as they began preparing for a qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup. It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around — and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders may have found both.

The “Next Goal Wins” screening will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Vail Mountain School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/screeningseries.

“We can’t wait to screen this exciting film in Vail and shine a light on incredible documentary filmmaking. Who doesn’t love an underdog story? You don’t even need to like soccer to fall in love with this movie and it’s unforgettable characters,” said Megen Musegades, Vail Film Festival associate director.

The 12th annual Vail Film Festival will showcase over 50 films from around the world, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, student films, environmental films and a family film showcase.

For festival passes, film screening tickets or more information, visit http://www.VailFilmFestival.com.

The Vail Film Festival is staged by the Colorado Film Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and relies on corporate sponsorships and individual donations to stage the annual event. For sponsorship information, email sponsor@vailfilmfestival.org, or to donate with a 100 percent tax-deductible donation, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/donate.

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