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The Two Escobars

World Premiere

USA, Colombia | 100 MINUTES | English, Spanish |


Crime, Sports, Documentary

Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. As Pablo's criminal success accelerated, his personal interest in (and financial support of) soccer became mirrored in a broader cultural fervor. The Colombian national soccer team rose to unprecedented glory, ultimately coming to a head when Andrés' shocking mistake in the 1994 World Cup lost his team the title, and lost his nation the chance to redeem its international image.

Mobilizing an encyclopedic arsenal of archival footage, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF '05) paint a portrait of a culture so invested in and defined by its sports team that one high-stakes mistake on the field could shatter its national identity, and ultimately cost a man his life. While adeptly investigating the intersections of crime, sports, and nationalism, the Zimbalists reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andrés and Pablo Escobar.


Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, and Jeff Zimbalist

Jeff Zimbalist won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker award at the Festival in 2005 for Favela Rising and is an Emmy nominee whose films have been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and the BBC.

Michael Zimbalist has written, directed, and produced for The World Bank and HBO among others. With Jeff he wrote and will direct a feature narrative based on the true story of the first Colombian Peace Community.
Jeff Zimbalist, Greg O'Toole
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Director of Photography
Jeff Zimbalist


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