Changing Perspectives of Rio’s Largest FavelaRuntime: 13:24 min
Zac Fabian & Will van der Linde
Edited by: Zac Fabian
Elliot Rosenberg, Favela Experience
Music by Guizado –
If you liked the video, I greatly appreciate support to continue working with activist project! *Donations are to Zac Fabian Productions
Changing Perspectives of RocinhaThe 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.”
New Video for Favela Experience
After an epic two week production in Rio de Janeiro with Favela Experience and a few months of post production, I am proud to release the video for our indiegogo campaign. It demonstrates my best video work to date with some gorgeous shots from Rio.
If you have any interest in the World Cup 2014, you should definitely consider Favela Experience. It is the best option for lodging during the major international event that is still affordable and will provide a genuine cultural experience. If you are not interested in the World Cup, you may support the campaign’s efforts to help the favelas.
There is a $25 perk that supports the campaign and gets you an EXCLUSIVE high-definition video produced by Zac Fabian Productions! (click to view campaign)
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, and interviews with Elliot Rosenberg (founder & CEO | Favela Experience) 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.”
“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.
Now for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we are offering our accommodations exclusively through Indiegogo.com at prices starting 50% below even youth hostels in Rio. Book our shared rooms, private rooms, and private apartments before this deal ends and our supply sells out on January 7th, 2014!”
July 4 Naturalization Ceremony @ Monticello
It was super beautiful to be at Monticello for sunrise on July 4th! The fog and clouds kept the temperature down, thankfully! Otherwise, a great day to welcome our nation’s newest citizens. Out of all the places to get naturalized, I think Monticello is top on the list. It is like getting spaghetti in Italy. Dave Matthews also gave a great talk, commenting on the importance of our nations immigrants.