Project Description

Joost van der Westhuizen was the prince of South African rugby - handsome, charismatic and glamorous. Glory Game illustrates his triumphs on the rugby field and pays tribute to one of the best rugby players South Africa has ever produced – one of the best players in the world.

But Fate has no favourites when it chooses victims; tragedy can strike anyone. Joost is diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, a crippling illness that causes disability and death. Where others might struggle to accept their lot, Joost tackles it with dignity … and humour. In his battle against the disease, he fights for his life, he fights for the future of his fellow sufferers, and he rediscovers his humanity. More than a team player, Joost has become Man of the Match.

Followed by a Skype talkback with producer Odette Schwegler

Run Time: 86 minutes
Director: Odette Schwegler
Producers: Joost van der Westhuizen, Odette Schwegler

What the critics say…

“…. the courage to overcome, and live with a purpose. I would suggest you take the necessary precautions: bring tissues.” — Evan Saunders, Fortress of Solitude

“…. the documentary brilliantly captures his spirit on a journey that must be immensely frustrating for someone who was once upon a time the epitome of physical health.” — Antoinette Muller, Daily Maverick

“…. sure to give a human face to motor neuron disease.” — Katlego Mkhwanazi, Mail and Guardian

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Preceded by…

Oswenka — Dignity In A Three Piece Suit

Oswenka, competitions for the title of best-dressed man and most stylish performer, was born in the dirt and despair of mining hostels of the Apartheid era. Migrant workers looked forward to Saturday nights when they would discard their overalls and boots for tailored suits and polished shoes. Today, the tradition is kept alive by Vusi Kunene, who passes down not only suits, but the pride they represent, to his children.

Run Time: 16 minutes
Director: Nondumiso Buthelezi