Just in time for the World Cup in Brazil, Vik Muniz, Brazilian artist and photographer, asked people all over the world, “Why do we kick and chase this ball?” The result was the film, “This Is Not a Ball,” which will launch on June 13 in the US on Netflix.
Directed by Muniz and Juan Rendon, the film tracks Muniz as he creates a work of art comprised of 20,000 soccer balls, traveling the world to visit cities like Burma, Kyoto, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Boston, and Mexico City. The production took place over nine months, in which Muniz interviewed people ranging from astrophysicist Neil De Grasse Tyson to the Football League of Amputees in Sierra Leone on what love of “the ball” means to them. Their answers all show up in Muniz’s ultimate soccer ball masterpiece.
Muniz’s art isn’t just for show. “The photographs will be auctioned to benefit social causes during the World Cup in Brazil, and the amount collected will be donated to foundations in different cities,” Muniz said.
Produced by Videocine, an affiliate of Grupo Televisa, in association with The Mates Contents (El Mall), “This Is Not a Ball” runs 90 minutes long. It will join various other soccer related titles on Netflix like “The Beautiful Game,” “The Great Match,” and “30 for 30: Soccer Stories.”