STREETKIDS UNITED II - THE GIRLS FROM RIO

By Maria Clara COSTA

JAJA FILM PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2015

Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio is a documentary about a life changing experience for a group of girls form the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the Favela Street Girls, who are chosen to represent Brazil during the Street Child World Cup 2014. The girls, who have faced crime, violence and socia

Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2015
Film Library (not in selection)
Pula Film Festival 2015
Dyzilica, Youth Section
Cambridge Film Festival 2015
Documentary Section, Winner Audience Award Best Documentary
Festival do Rio 2015
Expectativa 2015
Marbella International Film Festival 2015
Documentary Section
Cinekid Amsterdam 2015
Film & TV Section
Lahore International Children's Film Festival 2015
Documentary
LA Femme International Film Festival Beverly Hills 2015
Documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM, BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 76 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maria Clara COSTA
    • Producer(s)
    • Mike DOWNEY (F&ME), Sam TAYLOR (F&ME ), Jamillah VAN DER HULST (JaJa Film Productions), Conrad ALLEBLAS (JaJa Film Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio is a documentary film about a life-changing experience for a group of girls from the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the Favela Street Girls, who are chosen to represent Brazil during the Street Child World Cup 2014. The girls, who have faced crime, violence and social problems during their lives, and their coaches, work hard to become a winning team. Their journey to the unknown finally rewards them with much more.

      From the 27th of March to the 5th of April 2014, ahead of the FIFA World Cup, the second ever Street Child World Cup took place in Rio de Janeiro. The Street Child World Cup united teams of street children, girls and boys, from up to 19 countries, drawing from a network of outstanding projects, all campaigning for the rights of street children. This ensured that street children’s voices were heard and that they had the chance to play in the festival of football.

      Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio is the sequel to Streetkids United, the documentary film that captured the South African team at the Street Child World Cup 2010 in Durban. The First Street Child World Cup was in Durban in 2010. That event saw eight teams of homeless children from around the world competing for their own trophy.


      In the documentary Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio a Brazilian girls football team is followed as they prepare themselves for the tournament that will change their lives forever, the Street Child World Cup. In the midst of police and drug gangs confrontations the Favela Street Girls strive to keep their dreams alive.

      “Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven.”
      Thamires, Brazil

      In the summer of 2014 the world’s most famous football stars came to Brazil to battle it out for the FIFA World Cup. The beautiful game has propelled the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to superstardom and rewarded them with riches. But just 3 months before the sport’s most glittering spectacle took place, another more humble tournament, the second ever Street Child World Cup, staged in Rio de Janeiro.

      The First Street Child World Cup was in Durban in 2010. That event saw eight teams of homeless children from around the world competing for their own trophy. The Second Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro had no less than 25 teams from 19 countries from all over the world participating.

      The Street Child World Cup is an inspiring event that stands in stark contrast to the millions being earned by the world’s top footballers. The FIFA World Cup was bigger and better than before but down at street level the problems are not just still the same. They are worse. Worse than ever. Much worse than in 2010. International indifference to the problem has led to continual neglect and abuse of these children. Children living on the streets are especially vulnerable to victimization, exploitation, and the abuse of their civil and economic rights.
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