Africa United

Zico came to Iceland from Morocco to seek his fortune. After ten years running his own small business, Zico goes bankrupt. Desperate and depressed he decides to fire up his amateur team called Africa United and take them into the semi-professional 3rd division. He calls upon immigrants all over Iceland, players from Morocco, Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Kosovo, Gambia and Guinea to help realize his vision. The road to success is rocky and mid-season Africa United has lost all games; their best player walks out and Zico decides to meet his role-model in football in England for advice. Having done so, he comes back with fresh ideas on how to approach his goals in life and football.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    October 21, 2005, Smárabíó
  • Length
    80 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Africa United
  • International Title
    Africa United
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Germany
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub,. Betacam SP with English sub., DigiBeta with English sub., Mini dv

Company Credits


  • 2009
    Summer Film School
  • 2006
    Bangkok International Film Festival
  • 2006
    Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
  • 2006
    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • 2005
    Edduverðlaunin/The Edda Awards - Award: Documentary of the Year. Nominated for Director of the Year. Nominated for Screenplay of the Year (Ólafur Jóhannesson).
  • 2005
    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 2005
    Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
  • 2005
    CPHDOX Festival
  • 2005
    Slovenian Film Festival
  • 2005
    Icelandic Film Festival


  • Poppoli ehf, 2005 - DVD