New documentary reveals Brazilian anger at Soccer World Cup

A brand new documentary that reveals Brazilian rage against Fifa’s Soccer World Cup will be screened at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape on Wednesday the 9th of April 2014 at 6.15 pm.

In the 33-minute film Imagina na Copa (Imagine the Cup), South African storyteller, journalist and photographer Yazeed Kamaldien explores the voices for and against the tournament.

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion and Q&A with the director, Yazeed Kamaldien.

Director Yazeed Kamaldien visits Santa Marta favela in Rio.

Director Yazeed Kamaldien visits Santa Marta favela in Rio.

In Brazil, increasing government expenses related to the Soccer World Cup have led to violent protests in recent months and the tournament has locals disagreeing about the cost and value for the host country

The documentary takes its title from a popular phrase that Brazilians quote each time they reflect on the social challenges in relation to the Soccer World Cup. When faced with yet another local corruption case or services that don’t run smoothly, they exclaim, “Imagine during the World Cup!”

Imagina na Copa includes interviews with citizens reflecting on why they don’t want the Soccer World Cup, Brazilian government representatives and those involved in organising the event.

There are interviews with favela residents who claim that the government wants to evict them from their homes as it prepares for the Cup. Kamaldien wants to expose these important voices from the ground in Brazil to outsiders.

“The anger and energy at protests and fearless opposition to government evictions cannot be ignored. Anyone who is interested in the Soccer World Cup needs to hear these voices. Brazilians want the rest of us to know that it’s not all soccer, samba and supermodels but a very challenging reality,” says Kamaldien.

“As a journalist, I wanted to show both sides of the story though. So while I went to protests and favelas, I spoke to officials too. It’s a very complex situation because there are various allegations about the government and Fifa creating an event that offers locals little value.”

It is not the first time that locals from a developing country hosting the Soccer World Cup speak up against what they perceive to be an injustice. Kamaldien says he saw first-hand how locals felt disenfranchised in South Africa, when the country hosted the last Fifa tournament in 2010.

“There was dissatisfaction that big businesses and only the wealthy benefited financially from the event. My film should reignite a conversation about the legacy of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa,” says Kamaldien.

“We have around the country stadiums that are still being paid off. We need to ask why these stadiums are not yet sustainable and what this means for taxpayers. We need to look critically at what this tournament meant.”

Imagina na Copa is Kamaldien’s debut feature documentary film. He has worked on TV news inserts and other documentary films.

Place: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Date: Wednesday 9 April 2014
Time: 6.15pm

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion and Q&A with the director Yazeed Kamaldien.

Tickets are R40 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by Yazeed Kamaldien in association with While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.



Yazeed Kamaldien | | 082 682 2438

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The Labia:

021 424 5927


While You Were Sleeping:

Andreas Wilson-Späth | | 021 671 4364 | 084 749 9470

Dougie Dudgeon | | 021 424 1313 | 082 560 2296


Twitter: @WYWS_SA


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