On 12 February 2020, AfREC convened at UWA a free screening of BBC Africa Eye documentary Gamblers Like Me followed by Q&A with the film’s Nairobi-based director Zoe Flood. Gamblers Like Me, nominated for Best Documentary in the British Sports Journalism Awards 2019, tells the story of the dangerous explosion of sports betting across Africa through the eyes of a young Ugandan football fan. Are the betting companies playing it straight? Do the punters really understand the odds they’re up against? And who is getting rich from the thrill of the beautiful game? Join Collins on his journey to find out what happens when global companies target some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in his home country. BBC Africa Eye was created in 2018 and produces original and high-impact investigations across Africa. The series has won several awards, including a Webby and a Peabody. The documentary is available to watch for free here.
Director Zoe Flood is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who has spent over ten years reporting from across Africa. She writes, shoots and produces for a wide range of international media, including the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, Channel 4, Sky News and National Geographic. Zoe's work ranges from covering breaking news events such as the ouster of Robert Mugabe and the Westgate mall attack to producing long-form, multi-platform investigations. She was part of the BAFTA-winning team that made 'My Son the Jihadi', named Best Single Documentary in 2016. Zoe also served as chair of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa for two years.