Picture a Change: Photography in the Brazilian Favelas

Coffee table book - Photography in the Brazilian Favelas

I had the pleasure to attend the book release event for Picture a Change: Brazil. Picture a Change is more than a photo book. Through art and activism, this group of young artists raise resources that can be used to empower local communities in developing countries. This first book documents their work in the Brazilian […]

5x Pacification – Favelas Inside Out


There’s a famous black and white film from the early 1960s that showed Rio de Janeiro in five vignettes, each done by a different director about the favelas and its residents. It was called Cinco Vezes Favela (the full movie is below).

With all the attention the favelas have been getting since 2008 when José Mariano Beltrame took his position as Rio state’s secretary of public safety, the film got a refresh in 2010. This time it was simply called 5x Favela (full movie below) and used favela residents as its principal actors.