"Socrates: hero of the people and all of Brazil" - Eric Cantona
Footballer. Philosopher. Legend. This is the cinematic true story of the drinking, smoking, medically-qualified doctor whose iconic abilities on the football field led him to captain one of the greatest ever Brazil teams at the ’82 World Cup in Spain and the impact his legacy had on political change through the prism of sport.
With today’s athletes increasingly empowered to take a stance on political and social issues, whether it be taking a knee against racism or refusing to sing the national anthem, sport has entered another dimension, and so have the expectations on athletes.
This is an examination of a legend who paved the way for those who risk it all for meaningful change, and especially relevant in light of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Socrates was the ultimate anti-athlete who played his football as he lived his life: in style and with a swagger. A change maker on and off the field, his story is larger than life... and stranger than fiction. But it wasn’t just what he did, it was how he did it.
Andrew Downie, author of "Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend" joins as Consulting Producer.