Some say in Argentina football is a belief bigger than God. The game is played by kids everywhere in the country on little squares or pitches. It's a sport that has a vibrant history and is enjoyed by millions of Argentinians. But football is still a man's world. Although in Argentina that is changing really fast. Female fans and girls aspiring a career in commenting football now have their role models. Viviana Vila is one of them, Argentina's first female football commentator on television.
The media coverage of games is just as passionate as the game itself. The seemingly never ending "Gooooaaaaal" that Argentine commentators scream after a point is scored is truly amazing. Almost all commentators are men but that is slowly changing. Viviana Vila used to only work on the radio, being one of the first female voices to go on air and comment a football game. She hasn't had an easy ride, Argentine football has just recently started loosing some of it's macho image. A lot of men don't accept a woman talking about football. But she's made it and is now a big example for the millions of female fans and girls that enjoy football and like to see that they too can have an opinion about the great game.
We filmed Viviana while she was covering the game off Estudiantes de la Plata versus Godoy Cruz. It was beautiful to see her get immersed by the atmosphere in and around the stadium. We could clearly feel the excitement and the love and passion for football. We also had a lot of fun with Valentino who enjoys not just the game but sharing the passion with his friends and cheering his favorite players like they are rock stars.
The second day of filming was on the National University of La Plata, about an hour south of the capital Buenos Aires. It was amazing to see and witness a group of dedicated students that are very curious about how to make radio. It was really beautiful to see Viviana's passionate dedication to her students. She jokes with them but also builds up their self-confidence. And yes, there's the occasional strictness or criticism but always with the goal to make them stronger and better journalists.
This being our first film in the series it was a great pleasure and honor and we would like to thank Viviana, Valentino and all the students of the radio class at the University of La Plata. Thanks for inspiring us to keep making and sharing great stories!
Peter, Thomas and Remi @ Studio Baires