Jessica Hilltout | Amen project
Pierdante Romei | Rugby, Boxe
Adele Obice | Surfing
Alessia Mazza | Muhay Thai Boxe, Swimming
Warren Rosemberg | Motor sports, Baseball, Basketball
Jessica Hilltout & Mark Hilltout spent the last two years working on a project called AMEN – Grassroots football in Africa. Nine months covering 10 countries and 20,000km on the African continent. The result being a multimedia project consisting of the AMEN book, exhibitions, websites and virals. The aim of this project was to show the importance of football on the African continent. The power of the ball and the beautiful game whether it be in professional clubs or small rural village is enormous. Here football is not just a game, it is the glue that binds village to village, team to team, tribe to tribe and people to people. All the people who live and will remain in the shadow of the World Cup deserve to have a light shone on them, not just for their passion for the game but more so for the fundamental energy and enthusiasm that shines through the way they live. In Africa, football is not a religion. But it is everything a religion should be. Every village in Africa has one open-air temple with goalposts at opposite ends and devoted followers in the middle. Football breathes happiness into sun-baked days and rain-soaked evenings. On a continent where not even the basics are taken for granted, football is precious. And like everything that is truly precious, it is a necessity, like bread and water. Amen. So be it. By Ian Brower Summary Trip I was very keen on taking a different look at the meaning of football to this continent. There was no real planning for the nine month trip. Nothing had been pre-arranged. So I got on a flight to Cape Town from Brussels. With me was a Hasselblad with one 80 mm lens, 300 rolls of film, a digital camera, my log book, a mini printer and a stock of new footballs, all packed into a old VW Beetle equipped with a roof rack, three spare tyres, two jerry cans and a higher suspension. 15,000 kms later I returned the car to my Dad. Then I set off to Accra, Ghana, where I got a Nissan Vanette. I build a bed for the inside. I had four boxes; one for footballs, one for food and the other two for clothes and film. This mobile home took me 5000 kms across six countries in West Africa. Throughout the trip I had exchanged manufactured footballs for homemade ones. Back in South Africa, I found myself with thirty-five such balls and realised the extent to which they represented the essence of my trip and the heart of the project. I am looking to exchange the 35 balls I collected against equipment for all the players that made this project come to life… so that they can keep on playing the game they love.