The Road to Rio – Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup

FIFA President Sepp Blatter annoucning Brazil as the host of he 2014 World Cup. Photo Credit: Agência Brasil

FIFA President Sepp Blatter annoucning Brazil as the host of he 2014 World Cup. Photo Credit: Agência Brasil

By Charles Cooper and Vincent Melita

203 teams started. 32 remain. It’s time for World Cup 2014!

So how did we get here? Through a series of qualifying tournaments that took place in six different geographic zones, the 203 teams that started with their country’s hopes of a World Cup berth were whittled to the 32 that will be playing in Brazil.

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Last Stop:Rio de Janiero

By Elise Vaux, Cassie Pacenka, and Mekelia Channer


Overlooking Rio De Janeiro

            The final stop on our Brazilian documentary adventure will be Rio de Janeiro, the location of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. As this spirited city feverishly continues preparations for these mega sports events, the world is anxiously standing by watching the controversial proceedings unfold. The international events are not only causing panic attacks for the hundreds of thousands of tourists in search of housing and accommodations while attending the games; Brazilians from all walks of life are debating whether their tax dollars have been well spent on modernized “sustainable” transportation and the construction of five lavish stadiums while the cultural fabric of the sprawling favelas, the city’s famous hillside settlements, is threatened by crackdowns by the Brazilian government.

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Second Stop: Paraty

Paraty Map

By Charles Cooper and Vincent Melita

The city of Paraty will be the second city on our trip in Brazil. Located halfway between Rio de Janiero and São Paulo, the colonial city of Paraty is a favorite tourist destination and historical center for Brazilians and international tourists alike. This central location between Brazil’s two largest cities and two of the three biggest stadiums in the 2014 World Cup create an interesting dynamic for this city that many people will pass through on their way between Rio and São Paulo for various sporting events during the next three years.

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Exploring the “Big Island”


The island of Ilha Grande has 107 beautiful while sand beaches along its coast. Photo credit: Claudia Green

By Dallas Ripka , Alexandria Corneiro, and Samantha Finch

In approximately three weeks, the spring 2014 Producing the Documentary class will be leaving New York to begin our journey in Brazil. Our 10-day adventure will take us through three different locations within the country.  Our first stop is the island of Ilha Grande.

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#PaceBrazil’s First Brazilian Experience


Pace Brazil students from NYC and Pleasantville sat together during the meet and greet dinner and spoke about the course.
Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

By Samantha Finch 

Earlier this month, Pace University’s Producing the Documentary class had its first taste of Brazil – in Manhattan. Five documentary students, along with Professors Maria Luskay and Andrew Rekvin, ventured in to the stretch of West 46th Street known as “Little Brazil” to meet and dine with students and faculty from the management program of Pace’s Lubin School of Business before all 42 faculty and students embark on a 10-day journey through southern Brazil.

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Pace Spring 2014 Documentary Course Prepares for Brazil


Pace University students during the first class for #PaceBrazil

By Samantha Finch

Welcome to the blog for Pace University’s Producing the Documentary course, which has its focus set for this spring: Brazil’s efforts to limit environmental and social harms as the country braces for a huge influx of sports fans and tourists lured by the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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