Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play


  • 2015
  • Congo, United Kingdom, Brazil
  • 72 mins
  • English and Portuguese

Documentary Film Competition

Jerome Thelia
Anne Carkeet

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, Bounce explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports. The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, Bounce removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

Jerome Thelia has long been fascinated by the intersection of art and technology. He has worked as a director, editor, colorist and
visual effects artist for feature films, documentaries and commercials for 25 years. Co-founder with David McLain of the production company Merge, Jerome has taught film production at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan since 2001. Some recent credits include The Calling (director); Mad as Hell (executive producer) and The Enclave (colorist and post-sup).


2015 Northeast Film Festival (U.S.) – Best Documentary
2015 Rio International Sportmovies Festival (FIFE) (Brazil) – Special Jury Award


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Interview with producer Anne Carkeet

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