TONIGHT NYC: Screening '5 X Favela' (A Rare Seemingly Upbeat Omnibus On Favela-Dwelling)

From Shadow and Act Thu Dec 6 2012, 17:58:55

We could say that Marcel Camus' 1959 award-winning Black Orpheus introduced the rest of the world to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; although it's probably better known for the Antônio Carlos Jobim-composed bossa nova-infused soundtrack. But I'd probably wager that most audiences outside of Brazil today will likely look to Fernando Meirelles' critically-lauded and blistering 2002 smash City Of God as their first intro to life in the favelas - the bairros africanos (African neighborhoods), where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work, lived. Since then, it seems like a few similar films have traveled (or...

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