by Federica Dadone
The Changing The Chants project is proud to present its namesake documentary, premiering on 19 May 2021 at 19:00 Amsterdam/ 18:00 London.
Developed within the framework of the project, an innovative and international two-year cooperation between Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Fare Network and the Anne Frank House, and supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, the documentary aims at presenting a multi-perspective investigation on the problem of Anti-Semitism in football.
The goal of our project is to deepen the understanding of approaches that football clubs can use to educate fans on antisemitic behaviour in the football stands. Changing the Chants builds upon two separate educational programmes for football fans, run by Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord. These educational initiatives, although not similar, are exchanged and analysed, and new approaches are piloted, paving the way for practices in which restorative justice is applied. This project fosters to open a space for shared learning, transnational and cross-context piloting of these approaches.
Stefano Di Pietro, filmmaker with a background in Cognitive Linguistics, travelled between the Netherlands, Germany and Poland to interview educators, football supporters, representatives of the Changing the Chants partners, researchers and professionals. Through their eyes we explore the complexity of the problem and investigate the possibilities of a change.
Through the eyes of educators, football supporters, representatives of Changing the Chants partners, researchers and professionals, the documentary explores the complexity of the problem and investigates the possibilities of a change. The Changing the Chants documentary shows the important educational work that is already been done by football clubs Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund and presents how the Changing the Chants project is building on this expertise.