This time we do it by ourselves.
In 1961, five middle-class filmmakers who belonged to the student movement collaborated to make a film called Five Times Favela. After four decades, the idea has been revisited although this time the cameras have been taken up by the residents themselves of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. 5xFavela: Agora por nós mesmos is entirely written, directed and produced by young filmmakers mentored in professional workshops administered by big names in Brazilian cinema like Daniel Filho, Walter Salles, Fernando Meirelles and others. Composed of five different stories that achieve the feat of dialogue among each other, these films show the realities of honest families who are in need, whose lives can’t help but intersect with the complex life of the favela and the wider world outside.
The films: Fonte de renda by Manaíra Carneiro (age 22, Higienópolis favela) and Wagner Novais (age 26, City of God favela). Arroz com feijão by Rodrigo Felha (age 30, City of God favela) and Cacau Amaral (age 37, Suburb Caxias favela). Solo de violino by Luciano Vidigal (age 32, Vidigal favela). Deixa voar by Cadu Barcellos (age 23, Complexo de Maré favela). Acende a Luz by Luciana Bezerra (age 35, Vidigal favela).
5xFavela premiered in the Official Selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Biarritz Festival and Best Film at the Paulina Film Festival in Brazil.
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