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Discovering my Brazil    

(not another documentary about fooball)

Related to this project: 

"Our Lady of Fatima free Brazil from Communism"

 

 

 

PREMISES

 

This short video is the introduction to the story which will be told in the full documentary. It is a rough version open to suggestions depending on the desired TV format. The rest of the video will not make use of GoPro sequences; interviews and some sequences will be filmed again by a group of people based in Sao Paulo.

 

 

FULL DOCUMENTARY PLOT

 

This short version treats only the first part of the documentary and leaves a hint of what should come next. In the rest of my documentary, I discover the history of Brazil firstly, through the prince whose family members abolished slavery in 1888 and then, through one well-off family and one poor family. I find that despite the fact that both families have lived in Sao Paulo for a long time, they have distorted understandings of their shared history. In order to give a more objective account, a sociologist will guide the viewer through the interviews and historical images presented.

 

The families’ stories bring me from the '40s to current Brazil, through the dictatorial government up to the 50th anniversary of the military coup in 2014. The documentary aims to show, in a personal way, the many roots of Brazilianness and the relations between different social classes, particularly European and African descendants, focusing on how current issues are grounded in the past. Additionally, it explores current social inequalities which the great majority of the population does not properly understand and gives context to common conservative reactions to some reforms or social movements. Particularly, attention is given to the rejection of social reform even by those who would most benefit from said reforms.

 

Through the making of the documentary, I discovered that the harmony European people see in Brazilian society is in some ways perverse, and I would add, even counterintuitive. Despite being born in Brazil, and regularly traveling there, I am European-minded. This latter point becomes particularly clear in the longer video, as I approach the whole documentary proud of being Brazilian and end up re-evaluating my European identity as a consequence of what I find. Particularly, I am surprised by the mentality and values that a great portion of the population has in relation to social inequality. Values which, I argue, will move the masses to continually resist and challenge President Rousseff's leadership.

 

The documentary concludes with broader opinions about the current situation from the perspective of the middle class and the youngest family members of both families, so as to give a balanced and intergenerational perspective of Brazil regarding the potential continuity of the PT political party's leadership. The documentary also relies on research done by DATAFOLHA, a Brazilian research group, and the families were selected because they are representative of their corresponding social groups as defined by said research. 

Key words:  Brazil, politics, identity, society, ideas.

Most material has been filmed. However, I am looking for funds or media interested in producing this documentary.