I, Favela is a beautiful short film, shot in the Chapéu-Mangueira community in Rio de Janeiro, recently pacified by a UPP. A project to watch, and reflect. Produced by friends of Brasilité, and explained below by them:
The culture of the favelas of Rio is ubiquitous in the imagery, but few know it well. Official figures estimate that 20% of the population of Rio de Janeiro live in favelas, yet there is little record of the history and culture of these places. This motivated us to know them more deeply, and to explore opportunities to add a positive and truthful outlook about the slums.
The recent implementation of Pacification Police Units (UPP) in various communities of Rio allowed the free and safe access to these places, which was not previously possible, in view of the parallel control by the drug trafficking movement. However, we can already see the beginning of a process known as gentrification, resulting from the giddy real estate valuation and the increase in infrastructure costs in the slums. The traditional homes of residents are being replaced by sophisticated hostels run by foreigners, resulting in the loss of community culture.
After considering some possibilities for the project, we chose to develop a short film in the Chapéu-Mangueira community, located in the district of Leme. This choice was due to the warm reception from the locals and for the strength of their testimony, we opened our eyes to the consequences of current government policy.
Our intention is to create an oral archive of this community and to warn the population so that the culture of the slums is not lost.
Directed by Ana Luiza Mello e Viviane Giaquinta