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  • CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    “Rat kids” digging through garbage. Millions of people squatting “in huts amid sewage and sorrow.” “A world of youth gangs, violent crime and drug dealing” that represents a “no-go zone.” These were among the descriptions of Rio’s favelas that appeared in major global media outlets as the city geared up to host the Olympic Games. […]

  • 'Aquarius' finally gets U.S. debut

    ‘Aquarius’ finally gets U.S. release

    After a lengthy run on the international circuit, Aquarius, the most talked-about Brazilian movie of 2016, had its U.S. debut Thursday at the 54th New York Film Festival. Director Kleber Mendonça Filho and leading lady Sônia Braga were present for the screening and discussion session that followed. .@bragasonia and @kmendoncafilho discussing AQUARIUS at one of […]

  • Meu coração, Pt. 2

    Meu coração, Pt. 2

    Birigui, São Paulo, Chicago, Columbia, Missouri… Em Columbia, Missouri, onde acontece o True False Film Festival, quase nada pude fazer. Muitos amigos à minha espera, pois sabem que gosto de beber, de dançar, de tocar, de prazer, enfim, dessa vida curtir. Muitos se inspiram em minha alegria e energia, me chamam de louco querido. Não […]

  • Google sued in Brazil for advertising targeting children on YouTube

    Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Service (MPF) filed on Tuesday a lawsuit against Google Brasil, the tech giant’s local subsidiary, for alleged irregularities related to advertising to children on YouTube. The complaint stems from a probe launched in April by Fernando Martins, an MPF prosecutor in Minas Gerais state, after UOL approached the MPF while working on […]

  • Art and struggle @ Women’s Capoeira weekend in Connecticut

    Art and struggle @ Women’s Capoeira weekend in Connecticut

    Community residents, children, youth, and families in New Haven were introduced to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira during an unprecedented women’s weekend with Brazilian Mestra Tisza Coelho. Tisza, one of the first women ever to become a Capoeira Master, traveled from Bahia, Brazil to teach at the event organized by Lisa Bergmann, the first female […]

  • Brazilian cinema at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival

    Brazilian cinema at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival

    The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) has been a reliable source of Brazilian cinema in the Midwest. This year the flow slowed down to a crawl — two full-length films and one short. But while quantity is lacking, quality isn’t. Where I Grow Old (A Cidade onde Envelheço) Teresa, a 25-year-old Portuguese woman, moves in […]

  • Seu Jorge cashing in with ‘The Life Aquatic’ Bowie covers tour

    It’s been 12 years since actor-singer Seu Jorge portrayed Brazilian oceanographer Pelé dos Santos in Wes Anderson’s existential comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou — a role that mostly existed so he could perform random acoustic versions of early-period David Bowie in Portuguese throughout the movie.  The fittingly oddball move proved so popular that […]

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