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Rakuten TV presents We All Play original doc

July 10, 2024

Rakuten TV, the European VoD platform, has unveiled its latest Original production: We All Play, a documentary film on the inclusion of LGBTQAI+ community in sport. From the inspiring stories of athletes defying obstacles to the courageous accounts of those who have fought for their right to compete on equal terms, We All Play offers an insightful and moving look at the transformative power of sport and the importance of creating truly inclusive spaces within the sporting community.  The documentary will be available exclusively and for free on Rakuten TV across Europe, starting from July 18th.

We All Play launches on Rakuten TV just ahead of the start of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The documentary shines a light on athletes who are speaking out, the communities that are supporting them in the fight on and off the sports field, and aims to combat prejudice, discrimination and promote inclusion in the world of sport.

In a journey around the world, this inspiring documentary introduces viewers to outstanding elite athletes who, often for the first time, share their personal and professional experiences in an effort to fight against discrimination and shift the gaze to diversity as an element of richness for sport and society at large.

The documentary is directed by Spanish director Pablo de la Chica – winner of three Spanish Academy Awards (Goya Awards) for Blue & Malone: Casos imposibles (2021), Mamá (2022), and Aunque es de noche (2024). Produced by Atlantika Films, Lacoproductora and Diario AS and with the participation of RTVE, this documentary is one of the most ambitious projects in the history of LGBTQIA+ community in sport.

“We are very proud to release We All Play” said Daniel Gilgado, Head of Originals of Rakuten TV. “At Rakuten TV we are committed to making our Originals branded entertainment content, which is able to spread our company values of empowerment, innovation and diversity. This documentary is an excellent example of how a film can promote a change, and it is a further milestone in our editorial line after the release of inspiring stories of diversity in highly stereotyped fields, such as women in football or motorcycle racing.”

“People are what they are behind their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or any diversity, and accepting and fostering diversity and inclusion is key to letting them flourish, to leave no one excluded and to live in a fair and sustainable society. In order to overcome the biases and stigmas that separate us from this goal, we also need to create diverse models: to this end, films have a crucial responsibility in the content they convey. At Rakuten TV, we are doing our small part to make the entertainment industry more inclusive. The content we produce and distribute inspires over 150 million households across Europe: this is why we are committed to promoting storytelling which reflects the society in its complexity, and increasingly put our spotlight on DEI and social impact to inspire a positive and sustainable change,” added Fabiana Cumia, PR & ESG Director of Rakuten TV.

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