It’s impossible to travel to a World Cup in South Africa without going to Brazil too. So in spring 2014 we decided to take a look behind the scenes of the 2014 World Cup, this time together with our journalist friend Birte Fuchs.
During the Confed Cup in June 2013, two million Brazilians took to the streets in protest. Their slogan for the six weeks during the Cup was: We have nothing against this World Cup. But we want our schools and hospitals to also meet FIFA standards. So this mega event will be played out on two stages. On the one, the Brazilian government wanting to demonstrate that Brazil has become a member of the elite club of industrialised nations. On the other, many people of Brazil will be showing that they have emancipated themselves from the Establishment and are articulating the need for their interests to be considered. But nevertheless there will also be many Brazilians who simply carry on living their daily lives: going to work as usual and watching football in the evening.
In the election of the Journalists of the Year, organised by Medium Magazin the following year, Brafus 2014 was voted second in the category Sport.
Who are these people? What does their everyday life look like? How does it feel to be segregated and divided in the many different classes? – that’s what we wanted to find out.
Our blog www.brafus2014.de took us in six weeks from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and provides insights into a society that finds it hard to put up with millions being invested in stadiums, while schools don’t even have enough money for books, while their health stations and services are underfunded.
Our Storytelling Concept
Basic principle of the blog are posts with integrated multimedia elements. Texts, videos, audio clips and photo-films function as integrated modules of an article and thus become part of the whole story. Most films are a combination of video interviews augmented with photographs of the respective situation. In one blog post we have juxtaposed two video interviews on the same question.
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A Selection of our Films
“The one who suffers most from this situation is the middle class…” (Part of the feature Day 26: A life in the middle class)
Wladimir Brito about the MSTS (Homeless Workers Movement)
“… Here we oblige the children to go to school. Those who don’t go to school or look for work cannot stay here. …” (Part of the article Day 11: The fight at Cine Marrocos)
Silvana da Silva Gonzaga
“One day, a thief attacked us. But when he arrived and saw there was nothing, not even food, he was so sorry he went to the market to collect food and brought it to us.”
Silvana da Silva Gonzaga
“To this day, I have often tried to learn But I can’t do it… Sometimes I see people studying. I think that’s nice. I had a dream that one day I would have an education. But it’s impossible. “
A litte gentleman and his nerves
And finally: a photo film about a “Seleção” in a penalty shootout.