Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm
UK/Brazil, 2017. Dirs: Sam Liebmann and Lee McKarkiel. 74 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Vito and Rosangela came to Rio de Janeiro in search of a better life for their young children. Like untold thousands before them, they ended up in one of the city’s notorious favelas, eking out a precarious living on the margins of society. Their makeshift one-room hut, made of scavenged materials, clings to the side of a steep hill in Rocinha, Rio’s most populous favela, where upwards of 100,000 people live without access to running water and basic sanitation in an area 1 km². Occasional gun battles between warring gangs and police battalions break out between the huts, and the constant stress begins to take its toll on Rosangela, who suffers from depression and anxiety. As Vito struggles to hold the family together, a crisis is bearing down on them all… A universal story of enduring love between a family, and of strength and resilience in the face of great adversity.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kirby Huminuik, a registered psychologist who works with refugees and survivors of torture and political violence, both locally and internationally.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Immigrant Services Society of B.C. and The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.