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  • Support this film about Brazil's (and the world's) only ballet academy for the blind

    Support this film about the world’s only ballet academy for the blind

    Looking at the Stars (Olhando pras Estrelas) is a touching documentary that follows two dancers from the world’s first and only ballet academy for the blind. Geyza, the company’s prima ballerina and an instructor at the school, takes center stage in the film, shot in Brazil over a period of three years. Her protegee, Thalia, […]

  • The 10 most successful Brazilian crowdfunding campaigns of 2015

    The 10 most successful Brazilian crowdfunding campaigns of 2015

    Kickante, Brazil’s top crowdfunding platform, compiled a list of the most successful campaigns of 2015. Nonprofit campaigns dominate the list, particularly environmental and animals rights causes, but games and a certain motivational speaker were also popular. Gnomo dos Ranchos Animal Sanctuary After 24 years in operation, the Rancho dos Gnomos animal sanctuary ran out of […]

  • Helping Rio's favela residents tell their own stories

    Helping Rio’s favela residents tell their own stories

    Theresa Williamson was raised in the Washington, D.C. area by a British father and a Brazilian mother. After coming to Rio de Janeiro to work on her Master’s thesis in City and Regional Planning, she founded Catalytic Communities, which has grown into the essential advocacy and communications NGO working on behalf of Rio’s favelas. In addition […]

  • Singer crowdfunds reflections on her Brazilian-American experience

    Singer crowdfunds reflections on her Brazilian-American experience

    Brazilian-American singer-songwriter Carla Hassett sang for Caetano Veloso at the 2012 Latin Grammy Person of the Year Show in honor of his legendary career. The song “A Little More Blue,” which Veloso composed while exiled in London in 1971 due to his troubles with Brazil’s military dictatorship, resonated strongly with her; it became part of […]

  • Support the EEDS Kickstarter!

    Support the EEDS Kickstarter!

    Update: The project was funded! With less than three days to go on their Kickstarter, Evanston Escola de Samba (EEDS) needs help to make their 4th of July samba parade happen. The pitch is below, and the project page where you can contribute and check out the cool EEDS swag you can get in exchange […]

  • Manguebeat pioneers Mundo Livre S/A crowdfunding for live album

    Manguebeat pioneers Mundo Livre S/A crowdfunding for live album

    Pernambuco quintet Mundo Livre S/A never reached the same level of popularity as Nação Zumbi, but they are just as intrinsincally linked with the history of the manguebeat movement. Not only did frontman Fred Zero Quatro co-author the “Caranguejos com Cérebro” manifesto that codified the movement, but they also had the honor of releasing the […]