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Rocìnha, Daylight of a Favela, 2004
Carlos Casas (Spain)

6:00 PM AT CINÉMA 1 - duration 52 min

Rocìnha, situated in one of the more strategic and picturesque areas of Rio de Janeiro, is the largest favela in the world. An immense shanty town where hundreds of thousand of people live and who, albeit in a situation of profound squalor, attempt to lead a life as normal as possible. A community with its rules and its hierarchies. An actual city within a city, real and surreal at the same time, in a documentary filmed in the houses and in the schools, in the recesses of a city that is impossible to imagine, in the life of some of its inhabitants, an alternative vision of their daily struggle against the stereotypes of poverty, drugs and violence.

Festival dei Popoli, Florence, 2004
 



Margens, 2005
Leandro HBL (Brazil)

7:00 PM AT CINÉMA 1 - duration 52 min

The street. The road. The path was built specially for following, for travelling, for meeting, for knowing. Next to it is the MARGIN, where we have to stop to catch sight of that which at first glance is unfocused, that which is hidden for those who pass by without paying attention. The road is unusual. By maintaining this vision the path is created. The human being appears and stands in front of the other, in front of him or herself, in front of the camera and through it sees all that surrounds him or her. By crossing a land rich in differences, contrasts and creativity, that which is marginal becomes central, that which is chance becomes reason and that which is light becomes image.
Margens (an intimate audiovisual diary from Brazil) is a book and a documentary film project commissioned by Fabrica and RTSI (www.rtsi.ch).
 



Brainstorm, 2000
Lais Bodanzky (Brazil)

8:00 PM AT CINÉMA 1 - duration 84 min

The film is based on a true story, that of a middle-class Brazilian boy forced to live a Kafkaesque nightmare after having been unjustly institutionalised in a hellhole of a psychiatric hospital…
Neto, a wild and handsome twenty-year-old, leads a life, like many youths in Sao Paolo, punctuated by alternative rock, car rides and the occasional joint. Neto prefers spending time with his friends rather than at home with his strict parents. No longer being able to control him, Neto’s family succeeds, by tricking him, in having him institutionalised in a psychiatric hospital. Neto finds himself in the absurd system of the archaic, cruel and corrupt bureaucracy of a hospital. A journey between reality and fantasy. An infernal experience that pushes Neto to the limits of insanity …

Special Jury Prize, Best Actor and Public Prize at the Brasilia Film Festival, 2000.
Nine prizes, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the Recife Film Festival, 2000.
Margarida de Prata Prize of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops and the Young People's Jury Prize at Locarno Film Festival, 2001.