Directed by: Craig Tanner
Total Runtime: 52 min
Country of Origin: Brazil/South Africa
California Premiere; Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Festival do Rio, Tri Continental Film Festival.
“The Cup is for the thieves who are stealing all over our country. It’s for FIFA, one of the most corrupt entities in the world.”
The March of the White Elephants debunks the notion that the FIFA World Cup delivers sustainable benefits to the population of the host country. It reveals the World Cup’s true legacy: state-of-the-art stadiums built for a four-week tournament will stand idle for decades to come, soaking up funds needed for health, housing, and education. The film tracks a left-wing journalist who opposes the stadiums; through his eyes, we see the streets during the protests against the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 juxtaposed with the commentary of those close to the FIFA machine. The film also returns to Durban, South Africa, and visits Russia and Qatar (the next two host countries), demonstrating that these problems are universal and that from many activists’ perspectives, FIFA is a modern-day parasite abusing love of the beautiful game.