“Rio Breaks tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?
This is the story of Rio Breaks.”
Unfortunately, screening of Rio Breaks has been and gone (oops!), but I’m pretty desperate to see this so as soon as i hear any info, I’ll be sure to update!
In his documentary (which I posted earlier), journalist/photographer Joao Wainer posed the question - “How many artists do you know who risk their lives to make art?” And that very question seemed to reverberate around my head continuously until it finally struck me - pixacao (Pi-sha-sow - a unique form of tagging native to Brazil), might just be the street art form to end all forms of street art. I can’t deny the fact that most of my time here has been spent photgraphing the more asthetically pleasing street pieces and yet all the while, every time I put down the camera lense, my eyes have always been drawn skywards to the world of pixacao which seems to me to occupy such more mythical, elevated and altogether more notorious status. Well, I will wonder no more! From this day forth I do decree that I will endeavour to investigate pixacao and present it to the world, in my own vastly insignificant way! Why, Ive already discovered there are not one but two pixacao documentaries in the mix - one of which I’ve posted the trailer for - check out that soundddd! ‘Maaazing! So, seems my timing might be quite spot-on and I can’t wait to see where my investigations take me…
Oh, and just to translate; that crazy fruit at the end of the trailer is blaming pixadores and bandits for ruining peoples faith in religion… moral corruption… swine flu… losing his front door keys etc. Tosser.
Director : Joao Moreira Salles
(I’ll provide a transcript for this opening dialogue as soon as possible people!)
Ok, as Santiago is the cinematic equivalent of bi-polar and Im feeling apporopraitely blue, I thought now is a good a time as any to review it. So join me Captain Whimsical as we hop aboard the good ship Melancholly and sail off into the Ocean of Tears. (??) Seriously - its not that bad but there is something about this documentary which does knock the wind out of your sails. Its like film-faux-pas -
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