Wednesday, September 1, 2010
So I actually want to go see "5x Favela". I´m loving the fact that these 5 short films don´t only focus on drugs, traffickers, and crimes in Rio de Janeiro.
Recently I´ve become quite frustrated with the world´s obsession with Brazilian favelas. It´s as if that´s the only thing going on in the country. Yes, we have favelas. Yes, there are problems with the quality of life inside them, crime, and drugs. Yes, there are bad people who live there. Oh wait, there are also good people. Actually, there are more good people than bad. The vast majority of people living in the favelas are regular folk trying to make it in life.
That´s not even my problem with this world focus. My problem is that there are so many other things to make a movie about in this country! This is a country full of culture, interesting people, amazing places, and crazy-ass history. Rio de Janeiro alone could be the focus of numerous movies.
I guess I just get defensive about the city/country I love. I´ve been here for a decent amount of time now and I find it frustrating that the light side of this city isn´t shown more often. Come on film makers! Remember "Blame it on Rio"? Classic and with plenty of artistic license. Let´s bust out some more sassy funny comedies!