Streetkids United II: The Girls From Rio (2015)
1h 18min · Documentary, Sport · 17 October 2015
"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 in Rio de Janeiro the world's most famous football stars jetted in 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 as the sport's most glittering spectacle was played, another more humble tournament was already staged in the Cidade Maravilhosa - the second ever Street Child World Cup. The first one was in Durban in 2010 - and was the subject of the documentary film Streetkids United. The event saw eight teams of homeless children from around the world competing for their own trophy. Played in the shadow of Durban's majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium, the tournament comprised teams of players, aged between 14 and 16, from Tanzania, India, Nicaragua, Ukraine, the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil and England. It is an inspiring event that stands in stark contrast to the millions being earned by the world's top footballers. And 2014 promises to be bigger, better and create much more of an impact as the world looks to the planet's greatest footballing nation to even greater heights. But down at street level the problems are not just still the same. They are worse. Worse than ever. Much worse than when Streekids United was made. 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. Fact: There are an estimated 100 million children living in the streets in the world today. Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio aims to give an individual face to the children who to many people are just a group that the world prefer to ignore the existence of. Many governments, non-governmental organizations, and members of civil society around the world have increased their attention on homeless and street children as the number of this disenfranchised population continues to grow dramatically. Nonetheless, more action is necessary. Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio is part of that action.
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