Premiere of the Documentary "A Game Called Hope"
Barça Foundation presents documentary “A Game Called Hope” at Teatre Romea with participation of renowned journalists and writers
‘A game called hope” is the title of the documentary premiered yesterday at Teatre Romea in Barcelona and which depicts the work done by the Barça Foundation around the world through the eyes of five highly renowned writers: John Carlin, Laura Restrepo, Martín Caparrós, Juan Cruz and Santiago Roncagliolo. Each of them explains their experiences through the lives of five boys and girls that have benefited from the Foundation’s projects in five different parts of the world: Senegal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Greece and Barcelona.
Directed by publicist Jorge Martínez, it shows how the FutbolNet methodology has managed to change the lives of children living in situations of violence, discrimination and poverty by using sport as means of social transformation. Martínez was also behind the FC Barcelona Christmas campaign that told the story of Nujeen, a physically handicapped Syrian girl who was forced to flee her country and cross Turkey and half of Europe, and whose dream came true when she came to the Camp Nou and met the Barça players.
The stories shown in the documentary are just five examples representing the more than one million children worldwide who have benefited from Barça Foundation projects run in partnership with three other organisations. All of them share a common thread: they are about people who, apart from being beneficiaries of Foundation programmes, have fought to overcome obstacles by showing extraordinary spirit despite coming from such tough backgrounds. The documentary helps to put ourselves in their shoes and get a better idea of their plights and the problems they have to cope with.
A GAME CALLED HOPE
Oulimata Thiaw - Somone
In Senegal, Martín Caparrós presents the story of Oulimata Thiaw, a beneficiary of the Olympafrica FutbolNet programme. Oulimata is one of four siblings who lost their father, the reason why their mother had to start working in a vegetable market. To help with the family finances, she left school and started working too. Thanks to the FutbolNet project she is able to play football with boys under equal conditions. The Olympafrica FutbolNet programme in this Senegalese city consists of a series of football tournaments that foster values using the Barça Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology
Nupur Akte - Dacca
John Carlin tells us the story of this 12-year-old girl who was born in Dacca. Her father drives a rickshaw and her mother works in a factory. They live in the marginalised Bauniabandh neighbourhood where Nupur has never been to school but receives literacy classes run by UNICEF in the district. In Bangladesh, the programme focuses on the use of sport to increase schooling among boys and girls and improve the education level of 5th grade primary pupils.
Pablo Ruiz - Barcelona
Juan Cruz tells us the story of 15-year-old Pablo Ruiz, who suffers from Batten disease, a degenerative condition of genetic origin that affects the nervous system. He is on the FutbolNet Diversitat programme in the city of Barcelona, where he can do sports activities that are adapted to his abilities. In Catalonia, the FutbolNet programme has proved effective for the social inclusion of disabled people, offering them the opportunity to be part of a space for sport and inclusion where different capacities are no obstacle. In Barcelona, the FutbolNet methodology has been implemented at 7 education centres with more than 240 participants.
Rodrigo de Sousa Jr - Rio de Janeiro
Santiago Roncagliolo tells the story of Rodrigo de Sousa Jr, a 10-year-old boy who lives in one of the most violent favelas in the city, Complexo da Maré. The son of a former drug trafficker, he takes part in the FutbolNet session at the Olympic Village in his neighbourhood. In this case, FutbolNet is a means to preventing children from descending into lives of crime. The Barça Foundation has been working in Maré for four years, where more than 400 boys and girls are now able to enjoy an effective project for improving mutual respect between the participants, and boosting school performance and empowerment, especially in the case of young girls.
Givara Khalil - Lesbos
Laura Restrepo tells the story of Givara Khalil, a Syrian refugee who lives at the Kara Tepe refugee camp in Lesbos. FutbolNet has helped her to socialise with the host community and with the other refugees on the same camp as her.
"FutbolNet methodology has been successfully implemented in 53 countries, with more than 140,000 participants and 600 educators trained. Thanks to the FutbolNet methodology, participants acquire skills to solve their conflicts without violence. ".