The City of God, the redemption of a favela
The Cidade de Deus, or City of God, has never had anything biblical about it apart from its name. The history of this favela in Rio de Janero has been marked by violence, poverty and drugs trafficking. In 2002, the eponymous film made it the best known favela in the world. But over the last 4 years, the City of God has been undergoing a minor revolution. With Rio hosting part of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the local authorities are trying out a new public security policy, establishing « Police Pacification Units » charged with restoring law and order. There are still a great many problems to be faced, starting with poverty, but the guns have fallen silent and the 47,000 or so inhabitants of the City of God can now show another face: that of a community that works, sings and laughs. Far from the clichés and received ideas of the favela, this documentary paints a portrait of the people currently living within the City of God.
Ramallah, Tirana. Two names, two cities that seem to be in stark opposition. The former, the actual administrative capital of one of the most media-covered territories, Palestine. The latter, the capital of an unknown country with an improbable geography yet located at the heart of Europe, Albania.
Tiruvikrama Mahadeva collects abandoned corpses in Bangalore, in the south of India.
Algeria, 1871, Omar Ben Zamoum fights against French colonial Administration to keep his lands and his position. A story about the process of sequestration of Algerian lands during french colonisation.
That year, I went back to the Island of Pico, in the Azores. I wanted to meet the writer, poet and whaler José Dias de Melo. But when I arrived, I heard he had been ill and sent to the hospital in another island of the archipelago. So I decided to wait...
Gueorgui CHICHKINE, Guest of Honour to the Société des Pastellistes de France during the Feytiat International Pastel Festival in 2008, near Limoges, painted, in a mill from the region, a riding a scene for the painting "Spirit of Nature".
After working as a lawyer in New Caledonia, Isa Sator decided to dedicate herself to plastic arts. She particularly likes the theme of Girlfriends which she paints a version of here, before the cameras.