First and foremost, we aim to share the voices of children and their families who have been directly affected by human rights violations before, during or after Mega Sporting Events. We ensure our campaigns are based on hard facts and first-person accounts. For example, watch ‘The Fighter’, a film based on the story of Naomy, a teenager whose home in the Vila Autódromo suburb of Rio was destroyed in the build-up to the 2016 Olympic Games.
This is backed by evidence and research; read our report ‘Breaking Records: Child rights violations during the Rio 2016 Olympics’ which focuses on four issues: forced evictions; removal of street children; juvenile incarcerations, and the brutal repression of protests. The following short films illustrate each of these issues.
- “They put us inside a van and beat us” (September 2016)
- “Our memory of the Olympics ? Repression” (September 2016)
- “The Olympics are not good for the poor” (September 2016)
- “There was turmoil. They were so aggressive” (September 2016)
Also watch our films from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil :
- The parking lot : Don’t evict people from their homes for the next World Cup (June 2014)
- The artist : They spent billions for stadiums and forgot about us (September 2014)
- The bullet : Police violence during the 2014 World Cup (October 2014)
We champion the plight of the affected, in order to create publicity and increase the pressure on sports governing bodies to reform and improve their processes. For example, working in conjunction with Nosso Jogo Network and Amnesty International, we flew two mothers from Rio to meet senior IOC officials in Lausanne, Switzerland to provide personal testimonies. Maria da Penha Macena was forcibly evicted from Vila Autódromo and Ana Paula Oliveira’s son was shot and killed by the police in Manguinhos. They also attended a UN event on human rights in Geneva.