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Date Published: January 30th 2015

Cameras: Allan V Crane

Editor: Duane Lee Wo

Producer: Duane Lee Wo

Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Summary

Trinidad and Tobago, the twin island republic located in the south Caribbean is a special place where locals like to “take a sweat.” This is an expression that refers to playing soccer, better known as football.  The beauty of playing football in Trinidad is that it can happen anywhere, at any time as long as you have a ball, a few players, and a couple of objects to mark off the net, known as “small goal.”

“Small Goal” is a distinct form of football where the goals are about 2.5 x 4 feet in size and can be played on all surfaces, including the field, pavement, or beach.

In this short documentary we journey with Daryl Rajpaul, one of the councillors in the East of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain. His vision was to reignite community involvement in “hot spots” throughout Trinidad by organizing traditional Small Goal sweats, which overtime has been displaced by youth violence and gang fractions forming within communities.

Traditionally, Small Goal in Trinidad was not only an informal and impromptu way of harnessing individuals’ talents for competitions and bragging rights, but it has also emerged as a vehicle to bring local residents into a social gathering attracting those of various ethnicities and athletic skills to provide commentaries, interact, and share stories.

We interview some of the players and visit some of the island’s well-known Small Goal arenas to capture this amazing story.

Edited: Duane Lee Wo
Cameras: Allan V Crane
Edited on Final Cut Pro

Equipment

Edited on Final Cut Pro
Equipment: Canon 60D, 70D, gopro Hero 3, Sennheiser wireless mics, manfrotto monopods
Lenses all Canon: 50mm f1.8, 70-200 mm f2.8, 300mm f4-5.6, fisheye 15mm f4.0

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