The human aspect of football

Juan collaborates in the short-film ‘El Mundo de Mao’ that tells the story of a young person from Uganda who is pasionate for this sport. The short-film will be screen in the section of the San Sebastián Film Festival dedicated to Human Rights on Friday (19.00 pm).

Juan Mata sees the football as a way to transmit values and help others, beyond his professional career. It is common for him to support different social initiatives. The last one, his collaboration in the short-film ‘El Mundo de Mao‘, that will be shown in the official section at the opening day of the 14th San Sebastián Film Festival this Friday at 19 pm.

The short-film, directed by Pablo de la Chica, tells the story of Mao, a Ugandan youngster that suffered, as thousands of children of his generation, the consequences of a military conflict in the north of his country. Mao does not speak, he expresses himself through football. He is a fan of both Manchester United and Juan Mata. In the short-film, Mata gives his views on the influence of football in the human development of people and creating a better society.

In fact, the project is an advance of a longer documentary about the same subject that will be screen soon. ‘El Mundo de Mao’ lasts 12 minutes and it has been shot in English with subtitles in Spanish. The Human Rights Film Festival takes place in San Sebastián, the European Capital of Culture 2016.

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