Changing Perspectives in Rocinha

Videographers: Zac Fabian & Will van der Linde
Edited by: Zac Fabian
Produced by Elliot Rosenberg, Favela Experience
Music by Guizado –

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. 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 increased 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. 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.
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