Gunnin for that #1 Spot Review, by Gary Goldstein of Los Angeles Times

Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary "Kicking It," a heartfelt tribute to the annual Homeless World Cup.

This international competition brings together 500 disparate, homeless players whose common love of soccer gives them a second -- and often last -- chance at a new beginning. The film's advertising tag line, "A ball can change your life," couldn't be more accurate.

The movie captures the 2006 tournament, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, and featured footballers from 48 countries. Koch effectively interweaves highlights from the event's many terrific matches with intimate portraits of seven gifted players from Kenya, Russia, Ireland, Afghanistan, Spain and North Carolina, where problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, political strife, child abuse and abject poverty have led to their homelessness

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