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An ethnographic film project exploring the process of favela gentrification in Rio de Janeiro
when the city was being prepared to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics
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Guto and Graça
Guto, a young architect, and his partner Graça, a nutritionist, walk up the alleys of Vidigal showing us signs of gentrification. We meet residents along the way who express their own views of the changes taking place in their favela.
Ivana, from Serbia, fell in love with Vidigal and managed to buy a small house with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Ninho and I went to check her new pad while giving her tips on renovation.
Born and raised in Vidigal, Ninho was one of the main collaborators in my research. He tells us about his dreams growing up in the favela and his hopes for the future.
The yellow house, comprised of three studio flats, that Marion was building in Vinte Cinco, an area formally dominated by the drug traffic, became a symbol of gentrification for some residents and a sign of improvement for others.
Marcelo & ITERJ
As Ninho and I follow the Residents’ Association president, Marcelo, on one of his daily tasks, he’s informed that officials from ITERJ (Rio de Janeiro Institute of Land and Cartography) have arrived to conduct a survey.
Ninho takes us up to the main lookout point at the top of Vidigal where we talk to people from different walks of life about the process of gentrification that had started before the 2014 World Cup.
Views of Vidigal
Each circle of this spinning wheel is a short film I made in Vidigal, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. There is no specific point of entry or sequence, so spin the wheel and take a chance.
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