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Maraká’nà — A Space of Struggle

  • April 10, 2019

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The Maracanã stadium in Rio is not only a space for leisure but, above all, a space of struggle — for education, housing, Indigenous rights and against capital development.

The Maracanã stadium is not only a space for leisure but, above all, a space of struggle. In this documentary, the Grupo Popular Pesquisa em Ação explores the struggle for education, for housing, for Indigenous rights and against capital development. This is a story similar to many struggles throughout Brazil, against the mega-events and the development model imposed from above.

This video narrates the events using testimonies of the protagonists and historical images. The main objective of this project is to analyze the resistance practices developed against the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. This analysis is contextualized with the collection of crucial historical testimonies, reports of all the violence and abuses that occured due to the FIFA World Cup 2014. The video is geographically centered around the area of the Maracanã stadium, one of the areas where the contradictions of the development model characterized by the state of exception came to light and where several resistance strategies have emerged.

Different struggles took place around the Maracanã stadium: for the Indigenous place Aldeia Marakana, for the Favela do Metrô Mangueira, for the public buildings around and the social movement Não Vai ter Copa (There won’t be a world cup).

Grupo Popular Pesquisa em Ação

The Grupo Popular Pesquisa em Acao (People’s Group Research in Action) founded and working in Rio de Janeiro, has been set up in response to the traditional way of producing knowledge adopted by the Academy and the influences of the logic of productivity of the market. Formed by activists who realize the importance of research focused on social struggles and based on their demands, the group aims to be an alternative that recognizes the importance of the University and, at the same time, aims to give it another meaning.

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