This English subtitled mini-documentary is our latest reflection on Covid-19 as it has impacted Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. It is also the latest contribution to our year-long reporting project, “Rooting Anti-Racism in the Favelas: Deconstructing Social Narratives About Racism in Rio de Janeiro.” Follow our Rooting Anti-Racism in the Favelas series here.
Based on Vitin‘s audiovisual piece Vitória, featuring GEBE and produced in partnership with the Jacarezinho Favela Data and Narratives Laboratory (LabJaca)—which brings us black rhymes to the beat of Drill de D’Moraes, Rap Collective Gaza Strip‘s beatmaker—this mini doc highlights the accounts of young residents from the Manguinhos and Jacarezinho favelas whose lives, families and projects were deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Their narratives are a record of this difficult period for their activities in the territories where they live. The video reveals the solutions found by young people as they live through the pandemic in the favelas—exacerbated by a history of racism, neglect and rights violations. This historic document shows black favela youth creating strategies to keep their dreams, artistic and social projects alive.
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About the director and screenwriter: Born and raised in Manguinhos, Victor Morais, or Vitin, as he is known artistically, studies Cultural Production at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). A cultural producer and activist from Manguinhos, an MC, and member of the Hip-Hop collective Gaza Strip, Vitin is one of the creators of Manguinhos Cria.
This video is the latest contribution to our year-long reporting project, “Rooting Anti-Racism in the Favelas: Deconstructing Social Narratives About Racism in Rio de Janeiro.” Follow our Rooting Anti-Racism in the Favelas series here.