1. Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz, makes art out of anything: from paperclips and chocolate to garbage and wires. His pieces are now showcased in institutions like the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian and the MOMA.

    After being nominated for an Oscar with the documentary “Waste Land,” he decided to focus on another Brazilian obsession: soccer. In his new project, he explores the meaning of the soccer ball.

  2. Women in Brazil are increasingly joining the military and taking on leadership roles. There are now 34,500 women in Brazil’s armed forces, including its police forces, a figure that’s jumped 30 percent in the last five years.

    Up until late last year, women were limited to technical positions. Now, new laws allow them to fight alongside men on the front lines, a change that can be seen in the streets of Rio during the 2014 World Cup.

    On Brazil’s largest television network, there’s even an entire show about police women: “Mulheres de Aca,” or “Women of Steel.” It follows four women in specialized units throughout their daily assignments, breaking down stereotypes in front of a primetime audience.

    Deputy Renata Araujo is the head of Rio’s Internet investigation unit, where she and her team research cases and go into some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods to collect evidence.

    “Even the criminal will test you as well,” Renata said. “They say, ‘Oh, she’s a woman, is she capable? I might be able to cheat her.’ This really happens.”

    “Then they realize there is no difference between being a woman or a man,” she said.

  3. Soccer is ingrained into every aspect of Brazilian culture. Children start playing futbol before they even learn how to read or write.

    One neighborhood in Rio has become the mecca for street soccer, and many of today's biggest stars have come out of those fields.

    I traveled to Brazil ahead of the World Cup to meet some of the kids chasing their dreams of becoming the next soccer stars.

    Aired on Fusion: April 1, 2014
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2014 World Cup Coverage

Joanna Suarez Plus

This collection includes some of the pieces that I produced during our month-long stay in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. I mainly shot these pieces using one camera.

We also contributed to ABC News and Univision's coverage.


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