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Interactive Documentary

Who Are The Champions?

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Who Are The Champions? is an interactive documentary investigating the social, economic and cultural impact that FIFA World Cups have on people living and working in the immediate vicinity of a stadium. In Leipzig, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro we collected twelve very personal stories.

In Dutch, English and German

The World Cup 2014 has been played. Germany is world champion. Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter decided to step down as past and future World Cups in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar are causing some controversies. Who Are The Champions? reflects on and zooms in on the stories that happened just outside of the stadiums in the latest three World Cup cities.

Creatively mixing audio stories, written stories, street photography, Google Street View, Google Maps, and news stories from the archive of newspapers the idoc offers an intriguing insight into the effects of a major sports event like the FIFA World Cup on people’s lives. Who are the real winners of the World Cup?

You can navigate through the website in different ways. You can watch all stories after each other or just go to the story of your choice by clicking on the pictures in the map or in the section at the bottom of your screen. Within the audio and text stories you will see the related news articles and related stories from the other cities. By clicking on ‘Articles’ you will see an overview of all articles. Each story can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Who are the Champions? is a Submarine Channel production in co-production with Dutch newspaper NRC and Miriquidifilm and made possible with financial funds from het Netherlands Film Fund, Fonds 21, Open Woorden – Dutch Cultural Media Fund,, SLM, Creative Industries Fund and the City of Amsterdam.


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