Looking for Rio, a documentray exploring the history and culture of football in Rio, directed by Eric Cantona and his two brothers, will have its premiere at Sidelines, a football film festival organised by Amnesty UK
Sidelines will run from June 6 to 8 at Hackney Picturehouse in London. Screenings and panel discussions will, say Amnesty UK, bring “the two worlds of football and human rights together”. “So often, human rights have fallen by the wayside in the frenzy of sporting glory. We saw it this year in Sochi and it’s happening again in Brazil, Qatar and beyond,” says Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen. “Amnesty has been campaigning around sporting events for some time and our work has never been more important than it is now. Through captivating documentaries and panel debates, Amnesty’s film festival is set to influence, inspire and unite the two worlds of sport and human rights.”
Cantona’s hour-long documentary traces the development of Rio’s four main football clubs – Fluminense, Vasco de Gama, Flamengo and Botafago – and “looks at the complex relationship Rio has with football where government spending on the World Cup has forced Brazilians on the streets in protest”. See the trailer here.
After the screening on June 7, Cantona and his brothers Joel and Jean-Marie wil be doing a Q&A session on stage.
Other documentaries during the festival include American Pharaoh, which looks at the experience of US coach Bob Bradley taking over the Egypt team during the Arab Spring
Also, The Railroad Allstars, tells the story of a team in Guatemala City made up of local sex workers while Sidelines also includes a double-bill of Informe Robinson, the Spanish documentary series presented by former English profesional player Michael Robinson: The Children of the Habana tells the story of the evacuation of 4,000 children from Bilbao to Southampton during the Spanish Civil War, some of whom went on to become the first Spaniards to play professionally in England, while The Hour of Africa looks at what the 2010 World Cup meant for South Africa.
Panel discussions also tackle diversity and race in the game and the responsibility og sporting organisations such as FIFA to address human rights abuses in host countries.
Sidelines is at Hackney Picturehouse, London E8, from June 6 to 8. Full details here