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|Film sceening: City of Favelas|
|Date||Friday February 05|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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The Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705
Tonight we will screen the film "City of Favelas" – favela politics and alternatives to exclusion”
All across Brazilian cities irregular buildings sprawl, piling up like honeycombs. Favelas and dilapidated houses are a focal point of urban poverty. Departing from a reflection on these precarious places, this film tries to track a different kind of urbanization and takes the viewers into the life of their inhabitants. The film accompanies urban protagonists in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and documents political, economic and cultural alternatives to social exclusion..
Favelas can be thought of as a materialization of the social exclusion that affects their inhabitants. Though crowded with people, lacking infrastructure, and manifesting cultural and economical discrimination, favelas are nevertheless places of solidarity and laboratories of political, economic and cultural alternatives. This documentary explores the practices of empowerment developed by various institutions in their struggle for a better life and interrelates issues such as community development, education, social history,
favela culture and ”economia solidaria”.
After the talk, the film’s presenters will give an talk on radical politics and poor poeples movements in Brasi, as well the squatter movement, (MTST)