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Black Rio
Black Rio
5m 54s | 2017-01-01
Music
Racism and inequality are alive and well in Rio, Brazil despite much of its population having ancestral connections to slaves and a 53% of its population identifying itself as ‘brown’. Today, women of colour such as Ludmilla must fight to empower themselves in the face of judgment and adversity
The Favela Bar
The Favela Bar
6m | 2017-01-01
Music
While many traditional bailes funk ('funk balls') have been prohibited in Rio’s favelas, there has been a surge in the number of parties attended by upper-middle class youth in these communities. Tickets to exclusive parties in favelas can cost over $25, and the high price prevents local residents from attending the events. Observe the interaction between favela residents and the people who attend these parties from a local bar on the tourist route.
Luana
Luana
5m 47s | 2017-01-01
Sex Work, Gender
Luana Muniz is a 59 year old sex worker, known as 'Queen of Lapa' after the bohemian neighbourhood in Rio where she lives. Lapa is famous for its samba venues and also for the trans women who work on its streets, and Luana is one of them. She also owns a house that serves as a meeting point and hostel for transgender sex workers.
The Singing Contest
The Singing Contest
6m 35s | 2017-01-01
Sports
The bird-singing contest in Rio, which showcases the talents of curiós – birds that are on the list of endangered species. We follow the preparations of a bird and its elderly owner in the lead-up to a competition.
Letters for Peace
Letters for Peace
7m | 2017-01-01
Spiritism, Faith, Belief
In Brazil, the Spiritist movement is growing at a phenomenal rate. Followers believe that direct contact can be made with dead loved ones. In this film, we see the work of one of Spiritsm’s proponents, Fernando Ben, as he claims to receive messages from a deceased man. Grief stricken relatives claim that Ben’s letters bring them peace of mind. Although others believe practitioners are charlatans, taking advantage of society’s most vulnerable.
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