The festival guests were invited to a football match against the Vladivostok governor’s team. We practiced twice.
Our Peruvian striker Daniel Vega and I got injured during the practice. We’re so pissed off that we decided fuck it, we’re still going to play the match if it meant breaking our legs. I had to do a Q&A after my screening when the match started. Then my producer Lorna Tee and I rushed to the stadium right after. We were surprised to see that the stadium was filled with people. They gave me a pair of boots (my dream Nike Mercurial boots!), I changed and joined the second-half kick-off. The governor’s team already scored a goal. And then a foul allowed us a free kick. The goalkeeper fumbled and the ball went to our player and the touch was effortless. We got even. It got more dramatic when our African player Louis (we nicknamed him ‘Makélelé’) headed a corner ball in. Uproarious cheers in the stadium. We went wild. ‘Makélelé then single-leggedly went past three players to score another for himself. 3-1! We were getting ready to destroy the stadium. The last 8 minutes our energy sapped and the governor’s team bagged two goals and got even with us. Penalty shoot-out was a real bitch to endure. And when our goalkeeper saved one and another shot past the post, we made history. Since the festival’s inauguration eight years ago the festival team has never won, until now. We are The Stray Dogs, from all over the world.