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The Ciudad Deportiva of Boca Juniors
The Ciudad Deportiva of Boca Juniors

Thank you for your interest in THE GREAT SPORT CITY. In the mid 1960s, one of Argentina’s most popular institutions, Club Atlético Boca Juniors of Buenos Aires, attempted to build a massive stadium and sports/recreational complex. The wildly ambitious Ciudad Deportiva, or Sport City, was built on seven artificial islands spanning forty hectares in the Río de la Plata. 

Our documentary focuses on the history of this project, but it's also about the fascinating links between soccer and the city. Boca Juniors isn't just a wildly popular team, the club is also an important civic association that was able to galvanize support from politicians, city planners, and a broad public to build the Ciudad Deportiva. It's an engaging and important story not only for Argentines, but also for anyone interested in sports, cities, and society. 

The Project

We've nearly completed research, filming, and making very rough cuts. We have shot over a dozen interviews, have plenty of footage, and are drawing on a rich archive of images and documents. However, your help is crucial to finishing the documentary.

The main costs we need support for:

  • copyrighted archival footage
  • music and score
  • professional editing
  • post-production expertise

We're releasing the documentary under a creative commons license for free. The documentary won't generate any revenue to cover the costs we've already incurred on our own. Telling this story to as wide an audience as possible has always been our top priority. Your support makes producing and sharing this kind of work possible!

The Team: Investigative journalism + academic research

We're all in the early stages of our careers and came together on the idea that our disciplines would bring different strengths to the project. As a team, we see documentaries as an ideal medium of storytelling to combine academic and journalistic expertise. 

Alex Galarza (@galarzaalex) is a PhD student at Michigan State University and Digital Liberal Arts Fellow at Hope College. He's currently writing his dissertation, "Dreaming of Sports City: Consumption, Urban Transformation, and Soccer Clubs in Buenos Aires." 

Maximiliano Acosta (@acostamaxi) received his degree in sports journalism from ETER in 2013 alongside his three friends below. He currently works at the Argentine newspaper, Diario Popular and is working on a series of documentaries for the web covering the history of soccer. He is also finishing a degree in Audiovisual Communication.

Lucas Taskar (@lucastaskar) teaches sports journalism in two high schools and also serves as a student counselor. He is also pursuing a degree in sociology.

Nicolas Franciulli (@NicoFranciulli) works as a producer for the radio program "Radio Dime" in Buenos Aires and as an administrator at a tourism agency.

Micael Franciulli (@mfranciulli) currently works as an administrator for a company in the health sector. 

Risks and challenges

The project is already in an advanced state, but there are still challenges ahead. We need to secure support before deciding how much we can invest in paying for archival footage, high quality post-production, and in music. The process of filming and creating a rough cut has prepared us well to find the right services amongst the filmmaking community in Buenos Aires.

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