THE 2014 WORLD CUP is only days from kick off in the host country of Brazil. The games will be played at twelve stadiums throughout the country with the final to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

But while Brazil  are one of the favourites to win  the World Cup, the country itself  is divided about the event. There have been widespread demonstrations , protesting about how much money is being  spent on hosting the World Cup when many Brazilian people live in near poverty, where jobs are scarce  and  where welfare services are either nonexistent or inadequate.

In the north of Brazil, the city of Fortaleza will host six world cup games. Three million inhabitants live in the city known as one of the most beautiful beach areas in the world. But what doesn't appear in the tourist brochures  is the stark fact that Fortaleza is the firth most unequal city in the world. Fotaleza  is no holiday paradise for the city's poor.

The state of Ceara, where Fortaleza is located, has invested more than 110 million euros in the rebuilding of the World Cup stadium Castelao. This amount is roughly the same as the amount the state has invested in public schools in the last four years combined.

The organizations that help vulnerable children in Fortaleza have also feeling the pressure from the World Cup economy. Last year two organizations closed down because they did not have the means to take care of the children without financial support.

This  Danish documentary  from director Mikkel Keldorf  looks at the economics of the World Cup and the adverse impact it is having on the Brazilian people.

FIFA, The Brazilian Ministry of Sports, The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and the Secretary of Security in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza did not wish to participate in this documentary.


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