The Other Kids

Featuring Fernando Torres, Sergio Ramos, Yaya Touré and Vincente Del Bosque, this inspiring story reveals the power of football to change people’s lives.

Hundreds of millions of kids play football every day. For many of them, football grants are the only way to access education or the ticket to a better future. In some cases, it is their only way to survive. The life of Mubiru Rigan depends on one of these sport grants.

Mubiru Rigan, dreams of being the next Fernando Torres and scoring the goal that brings Uganda their first African Cup. But he never had an easy life. When he was 3 years old, his mother abandoned him in the toxic waste dump that surrounds Nelson Mandela’s National Football Stadium in Uganda. For a while, Rigan survived by selling scrap metal and stealing, around waste and football, always on the run from local mafias. There, he was discovered by a trainer, who got him a sports grant that allowed him to go back to school, eat every day and play football. We follow Rigan for over a year as he overcomes numerous challenges in pursuit of his dream.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 84 & 55 Mins
  • Production: Salon Indien Films
  • Director: Pablo de la Chica
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP
  • Country of production: Spain



  • MOVISTAR+ Award to the Best Spanish Documentary Film (Documenta Madrid 2016); Special Mention in Directing (Gold Panda Awards 2016, China), Premio del Publico (DocMX, Mexico); Best Educational Film in the Youth Category (Japan Prize 2016), Audience Award (HumanDoc Film Festival 2016, Poland), Best National Feature Length Documentary (Offside Fest 2017, Spain); Best Feature Documentary (Minute 90 Festival de Ciné de Futbol, Peru), CIFEJ Prize (International Children Television Festival ’Dytiatko’) Documenta Madrid 2016 (Spain); Japan Prize 2016 (Japan); DocsMX (Mexico); Gold Panda Awards 2016 (China); ROSHD International Film Festival 2016 (Iran); Human Doc Film Festival 2016 (Poland); Seminci Valladolid 2016 (Spain); Ponferrada Film Festival 2016 (Spain); Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston 2017 (USA). Sudan Independent Film Festival 2017 (Sudan); Miradas Docs 2017( SPAIN); EDUCACINE Festival Madrid 2017 (Spain); Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017 (Greece); Offside Film Festival 2017 (Spain); Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (9-12 March 2017, Boston, USA); 11MM International Football Film Festival (Germany); African Football Film Festival (AFFF-Nigeria); Ficta MX (Mexico); Doc Valencia (Spain); Censuradas Film Festival (Peru & Amazonas); Cinema and TV Festival Reino de León (Spain); Offside Festival Greece (Greece); Minuto 90 Festival de Ciné de Futbol (Peru), Gulu International Film Festiva (Gulu-Uganda), 22° Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (Mexico), International Childrens Television Festival Dytiatko (Járkov -Ukraine), I Festival Futbol-Cine CDMX (Mexico), Cinemagic Belfast 2017 (Ireland), 2º Edición de la Muestra Internaciona de Cine Fronteiras (España), Minuto 90 Festival Internacional de Colombia (Bogotá y Barranquilla)

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