A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the favelas of Brazil? Often misunderstood, these neighborhoods without infrastructure boast an enormous sense of community amongst the millions of people living in them. Anthropologist Guilherme Quentel breaks down the complexities of Brazil’s favelas, offering a studied perspective. They are highly dynamic and as likely to break into impromptu dance parties as they are to descend into the violence that they are too often—and perhaps too one-dimensionally—known for. In Quentel’s own words, “People just feel like one big family. There is a sense that we are stronger if we help each other. And they’re happy.”
Produced by Cynthia Younker
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