The Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of Brazil, in partnership with the Gauteng Tourism Authority, and The Wake Cup: Soulafrica 2010 brings to the Newtown Cultural Precinct the "Football and Human Rights Film Festival". Those attending the Mary Fitzgerald Public Viewing Area (PVA) will have the opportunity of watching movies between official matches at the auditorium of the Gauteng Tourism Authority at 1 Central Place, Newtown. These movies may change the way you understand life, football and Human Rights.

Human Rights must be everywhere, including mega-events such as World Cup. Although football usually is not directly associated to human rights, the lives of the main football players in Brazil and in the world show that many of them have suffered human rights violations before becoming famous players, as you can see in "Garrincha: The Lonely Star". This is where cinema, football and human rights come together: increasing awareness on the importance of promoting basic rights as depicted at the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Brazil is the largest African country outside Africa. More than half of the Brazilian 190 million population consider themselves as Afro descents.

This common heritage can be seen in "Ginga", a documentary that shows us that the Brazilian rhythm and its "artistical" way of playing football in fact comes from the Brazilian African heritage. Youngsters that dream of becoming professional players coming from "favelas" in Brazil are very similar in their aspirations to the African boys and girls living in informal settlements who want to become professionals.

The football fever around the world is also present in one of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti. Did you know that football was used in Haiti to promote peace and that UN peacekeepers received the hard task of organizing a football match between the "Selecao Canarinho" and the Haitian national team? "The Day Brazil was here" shows us the links between football and diplomacy. Check the synopses of the films below.

SINOPSES

CORUMBIARA

RIGHTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES/ RIGHT TO LAND/ RIGHT TO MEMORY AND TRUTH
Brazil | 117 min | 2009 | doc

In 1985, government official Marcelo Santos revealed a massacre of Indians was taking place in the region of Corumbiara, in the northern Brazil, and Vincent Carelli captured the left evidence of the crime with his videocamera. Over the years, as the case went almost forgotten, Marcelo and his team went on searching for survivals. Two decades later, "Corumbiara" presents the search and, most all, the Indians' version of the atrocity.

Film director Vincent Carelli

Cinematography by Vincent Carelli

Edition by Mari Correa

Production by Video nas Aldeias

THE DAY BRAZIL WAS HERE

RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION / RIGHT TO FOOD
Brazil | 72 min | 2006 | doc

Can a soccer game change the fate of a nation? The Day Brazil Was Here is a documentary of the 2004 visit by the Brazilian National soccer team to Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti. When Brazil responded to the UN's call to lead a peacekeeping force to the conflict-ridden Haiti, the country sent more than just its troops. It also sent its national soccer team to play against Haiti's national team, in an effort to stem the conflict. The film is directed by Caito Ortiz and Joao Dornelas and produced by Prodigo Filmes.

GARRINCHA, THE LONELY STAR

RIGHT TO BE EQUAL IN RACE / RIGHT TO DEMOCRACY
Brazil | 110 min | 2003 | film

Garrincha, the Lonely Star, is a biography based on the book by Ruy Castro, of the legendary Brazilian soccer star Manuel dos Santos known as Garrincha, meaning 'little bird' or wren. The film takes you through the life of the 'twisted legs devil', on and off the field, contrasting the world soccer myth with the reality of this humble hinterland man. Garrincha, who played in three FIFA World Cup Finals, two of which Brazil won (1958, 1962), is considered by many to be one of the best Brazilian soccer player. The movie shows how racism (Garrincha was a white football player who fall in love with a black famous singer) and the dictatorship installed in Brazil in 1964 helped destroying his life.
Directed by Milton Alencar, produced by Fam Filmes and starring Andre Goncalves, Tais Araujo, Henrique Pires and Alexandre Schumacher.

FOR A BETTER DAY

RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS/ EDUCATION IN HUMAN RIGHT/ RIGHT TO EDUCATION
Brazil | 88 min | 2006 | doc

A journal on the day-by-day life of adolescents within six Brazilian schools, "For a Better Day" is a window into the personal universe of teachers and students in Pernambuco, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. As interviews are presented and the camera delicately approachs classrooms, bathrooms and even a meeting of the School Board, the ties between education and human rights lay crystal clear.

Film director Joao Jardim
Storyboard by Joao Jardim
Cinematography by Gustavo Hadba
Edition by Joao Jardim
Producer Tambellini Filmes / Fogo Azul Filmes / Globo Filmes

ON THE FRINGES OF SAO PAULO: SCAVENGERS

RIGHTS OF RECYCLING SCAVENGERS

Brazil | 84 min | 2008 | doc

"On the fringes of Sao Paulo", a documentary film that focus on the routine of recycling scavengers in the Brazilian city, is the last part of a trilogy by Evaldo Mocarzel which also includes two previous titles on the situation of homeless and abandoned people in that metropolis.

Film Director Evaldo Mocarzel

Storyboard by Evaldo Mocarzel e Willem Dias

Cinematography Gustavo Hadba e Andre Lavenere

Edition Willem Dias

Production by Casa Azul e Raiz Producoes

BAGATELA

RIGHT TO JUSTICE/RIGHT TO PUBLIC SECURITY

Colombia/Spain | 74 min | 2008 | doc

Most of the judicial cases in the courts of Bogota are related to minor crimes. Though the roots of such crimes lay in the unequal social conditions of the country, they are dealt with mostly through judiciary measures, thus filling up the courts and slowing down the judicial system. Persons accused of stealing mobile phones or even sleeping in the streets, for instance, are sentenced to years in prison. Bagatela portraits the routine of Justice in Bogota, a city where violence, inequality, small crimes and the Justice drama are different faces of the same tragedy.

Film director Jorge Caballero

Storyboard by Jorge Caballero

Cinematography by Christian Bitar

Edition by Jorge Caballero, Carles M. Gomez-Quintero

Production by Gusano Films

Contact Jorge Caballero / gusano@gusano.org / bagatela@bagatela.tv / www.bagatela.tv

RED CARD

RIGHT TO EQUALITY
Brazil | 14 min | 1994 | doc

Cartao Vemelho (Red Card. 1994, 14 min). Directed by Lais Bodansky, produced by Buriti Filmes and starring Camila Kolber and Francisco Rojo, this short film is about Fernanda, a 12-year old girl who likes to play soccer with boys. One day she arrives late at the game and finds nobody there. The boys are at their hiding place. Fernanda knows where it is, but she could never dream of what they are plotting.

PASSING LINE

RIGHT TO EQUALITY / RIGHT TO DIGNITY
Brazil | 113 min | 2008 | film This film takes you into the lives of Dario, Denis, Dinho and Reginaldo, four boys living in Cidade Lider on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. While their pregnant single mother works as a cleaner, the boys have to fight for their dreams. One of them, Dario, is an especially talented soccer player and dreams of a better life by following his soccer dreams.

Directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, produced by Video Filmes and starring Sandra Corveloni as Cleuza, the boys' mother, Vinicius de Oliveira as Dario, Joao Baldasserini as Denis, Jose Geraldo Rodrigues as Dinho and Kaique Jesus dos Santos as Reginaldo. The film received much acclaim at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where Corveloni won the Best Actress Award for her role as Cleuza and the film was nominated for a Palme d'Or.

BRINGING IT INSIDE

RIGHT TO MEMORY AND TO TRUTH/RIGHT TO LIFE AND PHYSICAL INTEGRITY/ERRADICATION OF TORTURE

Brazil | 192 min | 2009 | doc/fic

"Bringing it Inside" is a Brazilian TV series of four episodes that courageously combines fictional narrative with real testimonials to cast light on the dictatorial period in Brazil (1964-1985). The story develops around the main character Telmo Maricov (performed by Alberto Ricceli), a stage director who finds trouble remembering his days in the national resistance against dictatorship. Years later, he accepts the challenge of directing a play on the subject, exploring it as a process to bring back his memories and to provide an answer to a tormenting feeling he carries inside: "why do I feel as if I have contributed to the death of my lover at the time?".


Film director Tata Amaral

Storyboard by Thiago Dottori

Cinematography by Jacob Solitrenick

Edition by Ide Lacreta e Pedro Vieira

Cast Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Georgina Castro, Felipe Rocha, Emilio Di Biasi, Selma Egrei

Production by TV Cultura

THE PASSING LINE

RIGHT TO DIGNITY
Brazil | 113 min | 2008 | doc/fic

 

This film takes you into the lives of Dario, Denis, Dinho and Reginaldo, four boys living in Cidade Lider on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. While their pregnant single mother works as a cleaner, the boys have to fight for their dreams. One of them, Dario, is an especially talented soccer player and dreams of a better life by following his soccer dreams.

Directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, produced by Video Filmes and starring Sandra Corveloni as Cleuza, the boys' mother, Vinicius de Oliveira as Dario, Joao Baldasserini as Denis, Jose Geraldo Rodrigues as Dinho and Kaique Jesus dos Santos as Reginaldo. The film received much acclaim at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where Corveloni won the Best Actress Award for her role as Cleuza and the film was nominated for a Palme d'Or.

For more information on the "Football and Human Rights Film Festival", please contact:

The Wake Cup: Soulafrica 2010: Daniel Sarabia - Project Manager: 0825852005

Embassy of Brazil: Mari Carmen Rial Gerpe, Head of the Cultural Section: 0824850405

Brazil-South African Cultural Centre, Director: Miriam Futer: 0790701080.