by Ilana Kramer

Giving a Voice—and a Face—to Rio’s Poorest

Brazilian Jewish filmmaker Daniela Broitman set out to give voice to poor Brazilians struggling against drug wars, violence, and challenges from the Brazilian government, its police force, and global corporations. Her 70-minute documentary, “Voices from the Edge—The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum” (made with Fernando Sails), introduces us to community leaders from the slums of Rio de Janeiro. With Broitman toting video camera, 23 of them embarked upon their first-ever journey—by bus to the third annual World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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