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14 June 2019

Against All Odds

by Syd Briscoe


Sportsbet.io: “Defy The Odds” - 2 mins 09s

This eye-opening film for Sportsbet.io draws attention to the Conifa European Football Cup, a tournament designed to represent teams from ethnic or cultural minorities and unacknowledged or disputed territories - those left behind by mainstream football and its organisations.

'Defy the Odds' shines a light on Székely Land, a Hungarian indigenous enclave within Romania. Director Thomas Ralph draws the beauty and passion out of these unusual surroundings, turning a documentary eye on his subject without feeling exploitative.

Footballer Szilard Magyari also proves an articulate narrator, offering insight into both his corner of the world and his love of the game. It's a powerful example of how sport can bring people together, and why minority representation matters on a level far more vital than hitting diversity targets.


Film Production: Caviar Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Thomas Ralph Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Sian Hagan
Executive Producer: Ellie Goodwin
Editor: Tim Hardy Ⓦ @ Stitch Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Envy Advertising Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Marcin Pawlik
Location: Székely Land, Romania

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