Ronaldo and Zidane to star in UN anti-poverty video
Brazil and Milan striker Ronaldo (L) and retired French World Cup
star Zinedine Zidane are seen here in Marseille, 19 April 2007. Both football
players will star in an anti-poverty TV advert made by award winning filmmaker
Wim Wenders, a UN agency has said.(AFP/Boris Horvat)
Brazil and Milan striker Ronaldo and retired French
World Cup star Zinedine Zidane will star in an anti-poverty TV advert made by
award winning filmmaker Wim Wenders, a UN agency said Friday.
The video for the United Nations Development Programme
will encourage poeple to join a global campaign to cut poverty by 2015.
"I've filmed gangsters, guardian angels, old Cuban musicians, children, the
fifth Beatle, a filmmaker, a trapeze artist, a cowboy, an ex angel and a Vietnam
veteran," Wenders said in a trailer.
"Basically I've filmed many people but for the first time I'm filming
footballers," added the director of "Buena Vista Social club", "Wings of Desire"
and "Paris, Texas."
One of Wenders's early German movies, "The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty" (Die
Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter) in 1971, portrayed a goalkeeper who strangles
a cinema cashier after he was sent off in a match.
It will be the third time Ronaldo and Zidane have appeared side by side in a
video since they became goodwill ambassadors for the UNDP, which is spearheading
the drive for better lives in developing nations.
One person in six in the world lives under the poverty line. Some 50,000 people
a day die as a result of poverty, according to the UN.
Filming is due to begin at the end of April in Paris.