5x Favela: Now by Ourselves

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When: Back to Calendar » December 7, 2012 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Where: Lincoln Center
165 W 65th St
New York,NY 10023
Contact: Moikgantsi Kgama
Lincoln Center

5X favela: Now by Ourselves, Brazil

2010 | 96 min | Fiction | English subtitles 

Directors: Wagner Novais, Luciano Vidigal, Cacau Amaral, Manaíra Carneiro, Luciana Bezerra, Cadu Barcellos e Rodrigo Felha

Join ImageNation and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for CELEBRATE BRAZIL. Produced in association with CrossPath Culture and Acrobeat, this festive affair includes a live performance by Brazil’s own Beatriz Azevedo, a screening of the official Cannes Film Festival selection, 5x Favela: Now by Ourselves, photography by Brazilian artist Andre Cypriano and Cannon Hersey, and a post-reception.  This evening is sponsored by the Brazilian Consulate.

About the Film
5x Favela is composed of five short films all written, directed, and acted by promising artists from the favelas of Brazil’s Rio.The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, 5x Favela’s well-crafted episodes offer a rare glimpse of the dynamic culture emerging from these communities, debunking the popular myth that favelas are merely hotbeds of drugs and violence.

5x Favela includes:

Source of Income
 A young man fulfils his dream to go to Law University, but is faced with difficulties paying for his expenses in terms of books and transportation. He feels tempted to sell drugs to his friends at university, thus raising the money to fund his studies.

Rice and Beans 
- Wesley, a young boy, listens to a confession by his father: he is tired of the household menu, always consisting of a plate filled with rice and stewed beans. The boy, joined by his friend Orelha, decides to find some money to buy a chicken.

Concert for Violin
 – The children Márcia, Jota and Ademir vow to remain friends forever. Later, in their adulthood, Jota is involved in drug trafficking while Ademir has joined the police force. If the two are brought against each other, Márcia may be prevented from fulfilling her dream to play the violin.

Let It Fly – 
Flávio lets his friend’s kite fall across the other quarter of the favela, which is run by a rival gang. Even though he is aware of the prohibition, Flávio decides to collect the kite.

Let There Be Light – 
On Christmas Eve, the shanty town hill has been out of power for three days. The engineers who have been sent over by the power utility company have not managed to fix the problem. The residents kidnap one of the engineers, taking him as a hostage until the light supply is restored.

About Beatriz Azevedo

Beatriz Azevedo is a singer-songwriter based in São Paulo who has emerged in recent years as one of Brazil’s most innovative artists. She has collaborated with leading Brazilian musicians such as Tom Zé, José Miguel Wisnik, and Vinícius Cantuária, as well as with renowned theater director, José Celso Martinez. Beatriz has released four CDs and has performed widely throughout Brazil, Europe, and the United States. In addition to her career as a musician, she is a PhD candidate at the Universidade de São Paulo and writing a dissertation about Oswald de Andrade’s “Anthropofagia” (1928).

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