Brazil

Andrew Downie

Paula Halperin

In the opening scene of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s As boas maneiras (Good Manners), the ominous score punctuates Clara’s face (Isabél Zuaa) as she rings a bell in a São Paulo luxury apartment building. A curt male voice interrogates her on her purpose. Once she specifies her destination, the doorman proceeds to rudely ask her to take the service elevator. Clara’s face frowns in displeasure. She then enters Ana’s sumptuous apartment, and into a world of fantasy and dread.

Eric Sutphin
Emmanuel Iduma

Marie Mainil

In this stylized piece, Marie Mainil shares a series of sketches of her recent experiences in Brazil. Drawing on the philosophy of Jean-Paul Lederach, Marie places his moral teachings in the context of a place where imagination meets the real world. We see how in museums, schools, and favelas, Brazilians are finding creative ways to overcome harsh realities.

Laura Thies

In the summer of 2007 I went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil participating in a course on Human Rights and Media. Over the course of 4 weeks we met with countless NGOs, as well as community leaders in different favelas across the city. Most of them worked with young people teaching them how to use the arts, especially video and photography to empower them by telling their stories to the world, and to get them off the streets.