Zac Fabian & Will van der Linde
Edited by: Zac Fabian
Elliot Rosenberg, Favela Experience
Music by Guizado –
Changing Perspectives of Rocinha
The government of Rio de Janeiro initiated a violent and controversial military operation to ‘pacify‘ the over 600 favelas in the state of Rio. The favelas have long been under the control of a vast number of various gangs. The idea is to provide a safer or, at least, to make it appear like the government was providing a safer city for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 World Olympics. Rocinha, the largest favela, was the first to be pacified in 2011 and it has opened up this large community to a potential for tourism. My video sheds insight into Favela Experience and Favela Tours, two businesses aimed at using tourism to directly benefit the local community. Even though you will hear about violence in the favelas from the media, the basic point is that most of the violence is related to drug trafficking or military police and I, as a tourist, didn’t experience any of it. In the two weeks that I stayed in the favela, I didn’t see any violence or feel threatened. It’s a large community and a lot goes on, but there are always two sides to every story.[divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=”2″]With an inside look into Brazil’s largest favela of Rocinha, tourist attractions, various elements of Brazilian culture including awesome footage of capoeira and samba, music featuring local funk celebrity Mulher Maracuja, and interviews with Elliot Rosenberg (founder & CEO | Favela Experience), Zezinho (founder | Favela Tours) and other community members. If you are not coming to Rio soon, this video is your next best option to experiencing the beauty and excitement of “The Marvelous City.”
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“Favela Experience provides affordable room and apartment rentals for travelers in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. As safe, centrally-located, and culturally vibrant neighborhoods, the favelas offer our guests a true Brazilian experience close to Rio’s beaches and main sights.
FAVELA ADVENTURES founded by Zezinho is about Socially Responsible Tourism. It is the ONLY “Favela Tour” company 100% owned and operated by residents of the favela.| favelatour.org
Local blog about Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela! | vivarocinha.org
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