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My People, Our Stories

workshop + production of VR docs
2018

The fourth edition of the project "My People, Our Stories", in partnership with Al Jazeera and Na Pele VR, investigates the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Ten young Brazilian filmmakers were trained with 360º cameras to represent the untold stories about people living in the city's underprivileged areas. From the increase in the homeless population, the lack of freedom in religious minorities, and black representation in politics, each story explores issues that were at the fore in Brazil's last presidential elections. 

Black women who ran for municipal elections in 2018 emphasize the importance of black representation in politics. Meet Monica Francisco and Taís Ferreira, women from communities who applied for state debuts in Rio de Janeiro. Despite the consequences that may arise from their political activities after Marielle's murder, they still want to raise the voice of black women and communities and fight violence. 

Adherents of African religions face increasing discrimination and call on election candidates to secure their rights as religious minorities. The viewer is immersed in the history of Candomblé, one of the many African religions in Brazil. 

Adherents of African religions in Brazil face increasing discrimination and call on election candidates to guarantee their rights as religious minorities. The viewer is immersed in the history of Candomblé, one of the many African religions in Brazil. 

Marcela Lisboa, African culture content creator in Rio shows how the government's lack of attention and investment in culture affects her life and the entire community, especially during the Temer government. In 2017, the Ministry of Culture's budget was cut by 43%, which made it impossible to complete several projects for the development of Brazilian culture. 

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