Young Audience Program
Little Lion

Directed by Samuel Collardey


Film
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with Bertrand Delaye and Cyril Coisne from the French Football Academy in New York
Grades 9 & up • 102 min • In French with English subtitles

Mitri is a young boy who lives in a small Senegalese village and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. When he is scouted by an agent, Mitri believes his chance has come, but the reality is far from what he expected. Unable to imagine returning to his village, Mitri must embark on an odyssey requiring all of his cunning. From encounters in the African Community Centers in the Paris suburbs to a cook training in the east of France, Mitri learns to never give up on his dream.

Set within France’s competitive soccer leagues, the film is a poignant coming of age story as well as an insightful portrait of French society.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bertrand Delaye and Cyril Coisne from the French Football Academy in New York.

Committed to creating long-lasting experiences for students, FIAF provides educators with a free study guide with detailed content about the film as well as recommended pre- and post-event activities.

  • About Bertrand Delaye
    • Bertrand Delaye is the Business Development Manager at the French Football Academy (FFF Academy) in New York. Before he joined FFF Academy, Bertrand was Marketing Director at Nissan West Balkans, which sponsored the U17 European Nations Cup Croatia 2017 and the UEFA Champions League.

  • About Cyril Coisne
    • Cyril Coisne is the Head Coach U8-U12 and Camps Director at the French Football Academy (FFF Academy) in New York. As a player, he played for French soccer clubs Lille OSC and Valenciennes FC as well as for D1 College at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. As a coach, he was the assistant coach of D1 College at St. Francis College for 2 years and Head Coach at the PSG Academy in New York for 3 years.