CLIPPED Football Forum is a collaboration between Football Beyond Borders and TIFO Magazine, born out of our shared passion for using football as a lens through which to view 21st century challenges. From the 10th to the 13th of July we will host three nights of film screenings and panel discussions at SOAS University in London.
On Thursday 10th we will be looking at the challenges faced by footballers in countries afflicted by occupation and civil war, and the way that football can unite a population against oppression. On Friday 11th, we will be exploring the obstacles faced by women all over the world as they fight for representation in football and society. On Saturday 12th, we will be looking at football and resistance, and how organized supporters groups have moved from the terraces to the streets in helping to determine their countries’ political destinies.
The event will be taking place in the G2 Lecture Theatre.
Filmmakers and speakers from over 20 countries will share their experiences of how football has empowered them and their communities. This message will be reinforced on last day of the forum, preceding the World Cup Final, with a 12-hour marathon football match involving members of the community, grass-roots organizations, and local clubs.
In recent years, football has taken on a greater role in shaping political and cultural movements as people continue to find their voice in stadiums and streets around the world. Through football, a global identity has begun to shape itself, an identity that has realized our similarities through the sport and uses the game to galvanize a collective politics of participation. Notwithstanding, the state of modern football often feels removed from and, at times, in opposition to these ideals, particularly in light of the 2014 World Cup protests.
Clipped suggests a donation of £5 per film and £15 for the weekend of events (per person).