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City of God actors and others discovered in favela theatre project

Nos do Morro has given rise to many brazilian actors that are seen in brazilian novelas and films. This project is based in Vidigal, a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Nós do Morro was founded by a group of friends in 1986, based on the dream of a journalist called Guti Fraga, who wanted to create a cultural movement, using the artistic talent of young residents of Vidigal. The proposal was simple but original: they would develop actors, technicians and audience, presenting all the magic of theatre to the inhabitants of that community who did not have access to art. Everything was made inside the community and, specially, for it. Fred Pinheiro, Fernando Mello da Costa and Luiz Paulo Corrêa e Castro joined Guti to create the basis of this pioneer project and open the doors of art to the people of Vidigal. From 1990 on, Zezé Silva contributed with her energy and became one of the directors of the project.

Check out some of their film projects on youtube cine nos domorro

With an intense production of plays and audiovisual productions, developed over the last 20 years of its existence, Nós do Morro has achieved significant public recognition, being awarded several prizes such as Prêmio Shell de Teatro, Prêmio Coca-Cola de Teatro Jovem, Prêmio Orgulho Carioca (awarded by the City Government of Rio de Janeiro), Honorable Mention from the United Nations, Carioca Merit of Human Rights from the Municipal Secretary of Social Assistance of Rio. In addition, a lot of members of the Group have good reputation in the cultural area, performing relevant roles in the theater, as well as on television and cinema.
Nowadays, the dream has come true proving that life is better when it is lived with art. Nós do Morro now has a theatre with capacity for 80 seats located in the back premises of Almirante Tamandaré Municipal School and also a Cultural Center, settled at the top of Vidigal, where the pedagogical and administrative structures of the company operate.

The project has unfolded and now offers courses in dramatic art (actors and technicians) and audiovisual (screenplay writers, directors and technicians), opening and expanding the horizons of many children, teenagers and adults either living or not in Vidigal

November 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

New positive favela movie in the works

Here is an article from about 5 Times Favela film project. When I visited Nos do Morro in Vidigal they also let me know they are taking part in this project.

Carlos Diegues, one of Brazil’s most acclaimed film directors, is working on a new project that he hopes will challenge stereotypes of Rio’s favelas and become a box office hit: a remake of his 1962 movie “Cinco Vezes Favela,” or “Five Times Favela.”

Originally produced by upper class film students, the remake is being made by five aspiring directors from Rio’s slums. Each director must produce a 20 minute segment that will become part of the complete feature film. With a US$2 million budget and coaching from some of Brazil’s best directors, like Fernando Meirelles and Walter Salles, the film has high expectations. Diegues hopes the budding directors will achieve fame and success, while being able to accurately portray where they come from.

The creators of the movie hope to portray the slums in a different light, after the success of violent films like “Cidade de Deus” and “Tropa de Elite.” The stories in the film are comedies and upbeat tales to focus on hope and the positive aspects of slum life. The film will be distributed by Sony/Columbia Pictures.

November 9, 2009 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

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