FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Rio de Janeiro has engaged in an ambitious operation, aimed at freeing its favelas (slum neighborhoods) from the control of gangs and drug traffickers, to allow police to regain control and security in time for the upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. However, security is not the only rationale and driving-force behind the program: the dramatic makeover, launched in 2008, is banded together with economic interests and international exposure. Through personal stories and with unparalleled access, the film exposes the complex reality and the direct consequences of the government plan in neighborhoods all across Rio, that have become as much a part of the city's image as its world-famous beaches and carnival.
was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1956 and has lived in France since 1979. Over the past 15 years, he has directed over 13 films and has won numerous awards at International Film Festivals: EYES WIDE OPEN - Exploring Today's South America. (Arte France) 112’. 2009. STRANDED – I’ve come from a plane that crashed in the mountains. (BBC, ITVS, Arte France) 113’. 2007 (Joris Ivens Award, IDFA, December 2007) LULA’S BRAZIL: MANAGING A DREAM (Production Dissidents /ARTE France) 60’. 2005 FAR, VERY FAR FROM ROME (Production Dissidents/ ARTE France) 52’. 2004 THE DARK SIDE OF MILOSEVIC (Production Mano a Mano/France 3) 58’. 2002 RIO DE JANEIRO: A VERTICAL WAR (Capa/Arte) 52’. 2001