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Building Self-Sufficient Communities in Rio’s Favelas

By Rosie Thornton 12 August, 2022

The favela community of Vale Encantado in Rio de Janeiro are using a biosystem for sewage treatment and solar panels to make their neighbourhood economically and environmentally self-sufficient, while facing down a long-term threat of eviction.  Nestled in... Read Article

REVIEW The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

By 12 October, 2021

The tale of two inseparable sisters struggling with repression and prejudice in Rio de Janeiro’s machismo society in the 1950s., Karin Ainouz’s The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão is being released into UK cinemas on Friday 15th October.

REVIEW Mormaço

By 24 April, 2019

Marina Meliande’s first full-length feature Mormaço (English title: Sultry) is an impassioned portrait of stark resistance, set during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Against this backdrop, the film narrates the Vila Autódromo favela community’s persistent... Read Article

REVIEW Obscuro Barroco

By 27 November, 2018

Obscuro Barroco is an acid-laced homage to the forces and characters that give life to Rio de Janeiro. Fragments of ecstatic dancing, fireworks, protests, contorted bodies, and cityscapes are paired with lyrical reflections from the long-time Rio resident,... Read Article

The Best South American Travel Guidebooks

By 22 November, 2018

Finding the best travel guidebooks for any journey can be a nightmare, especially with so many to choose from. That’s why we’ve put together this yearly-updated list of the best guidebooks for South America, letting you know which... Read Article

The Good Fight

By 07 December, 2017

“I haven’t witnessed any family members die of natural causes,” says Alan Duarte, whose poignant story is told in the electrifying, multi-award-winning documentary short The Good Fight (A Vida é uma Luta). We learn how Alan’s brother, who... Read Article