Friday, June 13, 2014

Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca

I just watched this documentary by Julien Temple and found it wonderful.

It was a stream of consciousness montage of images, music and art that told much of the history of Rio de Janeiro. I knew nothing of Rio and began to watch it wondering if I could sit through the run-time of 102 minutes.
It wasn't hard at all; the colours, the sounds, the violence and the beauty of the city had me transfixed. I'd recommend it to anyone curious about a place most of us have heard of and know nothing about.
I can't decide if the ending was optimistic or not, there's so much spilled blood on those streets, but the people of the favelas look as if they could transform their lives if they're given half a chance.

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