Released in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer, the new documentary from Mr. Bongo films Ginga: The Soul of Brazilian Football tells the story of the ongoing love affair between Brazil and the most popular sport in the world.
Ginga follows seven young footballers from a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds which helps explain the passion for the sport.
Through the exploits of these youngsters we can see how such stars like Pele, Socrates, the original Ronaldo and now Neymar are created. The argument may be made that great sportsmen are born, however, the argument of nature over nurture has a closing argument in Brazil. Men and women are born into this exuberant nation, and nurtured to play football from a young age in favelas, in streets and on the beach even.
Startling photography adds a travelogue portrayal to the film, yet the spirit of football and the magic of the sport we hope that will come across during the month long tournament in June and
July of this year, is fittingly in the home of Ginga football.
As Ronaldo says, 'Ginga, it's in our blood, it's a gift given by God especially to Brazilians who play football and learn to dance from an early age.'
Ginga is out on DVD from Monday 12th May at £12.99rrp