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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

Gringolado POV: Anwar Boyce

Favela Tavares Bastos

City of God, with all of it’s violence and profanity, and crude imagery was all I needed to inspire me to visit the favelas. After seeing that “wonderful” movie I made it my priority to go to Brazil and work in the favelas.  In 2006, I made my first step in a favela called Parada de Lucas. My initial thought was fear. I saw the movies, and hear horrible stories, but I knew I had to go to a favela and see it for myself. I stayed in Parada de Lucas for a month working with an english class, and helping out with day care.   It was definitely a culture shock. At the entrance there were guys carrying Ak’s and I remember seeing a few kids walking around with hand guns. Also I had to get adjusted to the fireworks going off all the time. I’m still not sure of exactly what it signified. Either drugs entering the favela or police entering, I heard different explanations regarding that. My whole time in Parada de Lucas I never really was fearful, except for the police which thought I was a drug dealer and tried to steal my camera. But, I actually fell in love with the favela. There was always music being played (baile funk music, which sucks!) kids everywhere, and they were playing football (soccer), flying kites, and anything else to enjoy themselves. There were carnivals, they had grocery stores, video rental stores, everything it was like a little city. I really loved everybody’s friendliness and the strong sense of community. Parada de Lucas sealed my love for the favela.

Since PLucas, I have visited other favelas and realized that each favela is different and distinct. I stayed in Chapeu Mangeiras which was 2 blocks from the Copacobana beach. Chapeu is occupied by police so there are no drug dealers, well there are but not with guns. It’s a very safe favela, and even before the police occupation there was really no big problems. Plus Camila Pitanga (a hotttt brazilian actress) lived there at one time.My love Camila
Chapeu had great views of the beach and amazing trails overlooking all of Rio. Also I would feed the little monkeys every morning, can’t beat that.MacacinhosRio View

I also visited the larger favelas like Vidigal, and Rocinha (the largest favela in all Latin America). All though each favela was different they all had a strong culture filled with music and community involvement. I met many other foreigners living or visiting the favelas as well and they all had a similar love and passion for the favela. It was amazing to see this common love because most of the Brazilians I met never have stepped foot inside of a favela and always discourage me from going, while there are all these “gringos” living and loving the favela.

I can’t help it but I’m a favelado!!!

November 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm 2 comments

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