This short film explores three stories about social mobilization, confrontation, and talks with the municipal authorities of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. All three are related to the urban renewal plan drafted by local authorities who are looking to evict more than 800 families as part of infrastructure improvement of the city's east coast.
Fortaleza is the most densely populated Brazilian city, stretching 24 kilometres along the coast. Although the coastline accounts for only a small part of its territory, it is a hallmark in itself. It is a major tourist attraction, with Beira-Mar Avenue featured on countless postcards from Fortaleza. The area is also populated by the richest and most privileged people. However, back in the 20th century Fortaleza's east and west coasts were populated mainly by fishermen and migrants from drought-stricken inland areas. These communities still live in this area and try to resist the omnipotent real estate market that seeks to further extend the beach.
Pedro Rocha is a cultural journalist and movie director from Fortaleza. After six years of working in the editorial office of the newspaper O Povo, Pedro became involved in audiovisual art and joined the Coletivo Nigéria team which focused on documentaries about human rights in Brazil. In 2013, he released Com Vandalismo, his first full-length film about public protests that swept Brazil in 2013. In 2015, he became fully engaged in the film industry.
The movie screening is takign place as part of the international conference Urban Inequalities vs. Urban Inclusion: Migration, Identity and Public Space, organized by the Higher School of Economics Institute for Social Policy,Strelka KB, a center for urban anthropology, and Oxfam.
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