Bad' & the Birdieman Trailer

Synopsis: Sebastião’s two-decade quest is to use badminton, a sport he never played, to transform the kids in a humble favela in Rio de Janeiro.  Kids loved the sport from the beginning, but were crushed in tournaments.  Using love, sweat and the innovative training technique of samba dancing to teach badminton, Sebastião imagined and created a community of champions, family, and dreams.  The competitive yet tender relationships of young players and the qualifying of players for the 2016 Olympic Games reveal that even the most unlikely of dreams can become reality. 


Directed by Lili Fialho and Kátia Lund

Produced by Kátia Lund, Kirk Bowman, Luis Lomenha, and Jon Wilcox