Kibera is one of the world's largest and most notorious slums. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, it's so famous that it receives high-profile visits from such figures as Barack Obama, Chris Rock and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Despite the attention, life is very hard for the people who essentially live atop a refuse dump. For years, Kibera has inspired creative awareness building at UNC in the form of Carolina For Kibera. The latest document of Kibera comes courtesy of the talented Jason Arthurs, a two-time winner of North Carolina Photographer of the Year. Without a Fight is an hour-long film that follows the lives of several teenage Kibera soccer players who play in a league sponsored by Carolina For Kibera. They discuss the role of soccer in their lives, and how the sport helps them transcend ethnic differences. But Arthurs doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties they have finding money for food and school.
The film is something of a collaboration among area musicians: The producer is Red Collar's Beth Kutchma, the score is by Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun and the trailer features a song by JKutchma. Today, a big party and food truck rodeo is planned: At 5:30 p.m., the Bouncing Bulldogs will perform outside Memorial Hall, as will famed local soccer freestyler Indi Cowie. At 7 p.m., author Rye Barcott will introduce the film, and afterward, the creative collaborators will sit for a Q-and-A. The evening also includes a live performance of the score by Megafaun and guests. Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for UNC faculty and staff and $5 for students. Children are admitted free. —David Fellerath