A young UN lawyer in Kosovo is determined to set up a basketball team out of victimized kids from a refugee camp, but the war intervenes.
Based on facts.
After finishing law studies Mark (24) decides to take a chance and work for the United Nations in post-war Kosovo as a legal advisor. Barely interested in the humanitarian issues Kosovo is undergoing, Mark bluntly focuses on making money. He moves to a United Nations base in war-damaged Kosovo where he lives in a hotel for multinational UN staff next to a Serbian refugee camp.
After hours he spends time playing basketball alone on the neglected nearby court where he occasionally meets a mute Serbian boy and his family. Their friendship encourages other Serbian boys to play with them. Mark starts to feel for them when he learns of their tragic experiences – they all lost their fathers and older brothers a few years ago during the war, when Albanians abducted them.
Mark gets more and more emotionally involved with local issues. From his new friends he learns that the UN does not fully support peace. They speculate that some of the major powers benefit from an unstable political situation in the region. Mark organizes a junior basketball team composed of local Serbian boys, and becomes team captain himself. Thanks to this, for the first time ever, locals start to cooperate with the UN, as before their relationship was uneasy. Mark’s efforts result in the UN renovating a big basketball hall, which quickly becomes the centre of the local kids’ world.
The UN administration though, accuses him of exceeding his brief in coaching a Serb basketball team, and he is threatened with dismissal. But he can’t stop now, as young Serbians and Albanians are about to play each other for the first time in years! The initiative is controversial and dangerous yet offers a ray of hope for everybody involved in the conflict.
Mark becomes a phenomenon in the media with his “Make Sport Not War” philosophy. But just before the highly anticipated big game, a number of bodies are found, buried under the basketball court, including the mute boy’s beloved elder brother. The boy knew all along that his dead brother was there, so does he want revenge…or to play the game?
Polish author, actor and director.
Vice precident of the Polish Theatre, Film and Television Artist Association. Author and co-author of various drama, TV series, author of dialogues for tv shows as well as documentaries. Worked on films such as “Dumka” (directed by Agnieszka Holland and Katarzyna Adamik), co-author of the concept for the second series and 7th episode script of “The Deep End”.
As a professional actor he performs in films and theatre productions on a daily basis.
Collaborating with Studio Munk and Film Studio Tor on script development.
Scriptwriter and photographer. She launched her career in the film industry in 2010 working as a freelancer for different film festivals, including the A-list Warsaw International Film Festival. In 2013 she produced a short film festival, Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards. Since February 2014 she is the assistant producer and second writer at Teamwork Production, an independent film production company from Warsaw. Currently she is working on three feature film projects: “Owl, the Baker’s Daughter”, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna, “Kosovo.Sport”, dir. Jan Komasa and “Merlinka”, dir. Mladen Djordievic. In her work as scriptwriter she makes creative use of her prior experience with making photography books.
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