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Title: Voices from the Edge
Subtitle: The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum
Directors: Fernando Salis and Daniela Broitman
Photography: Daniela Broitman and Fernando Salis
Second camera unit : Tito Nogueira, Felipe Ribeiro and Gustavo Nasr
Editing: Pedro Serra, Fernando Salis and Daniela Broitman
Sound Design: Bo Anderson
Music: P. Junior, Maga Bo and Stereo Maracanã
Voices from the Edge: The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum
MGA is the exclusive US-Canada distributor of the brilliant
documentary, Voices from the Edge: The Favela Goes to the World
Social Forum, by Brazilian filmmakers, Daniela Broitman and
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“Voices From the Edge – The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum”
follows the struggle of community leaders from Rio de Janeiro slums to
participate in the III World Social Forum – the most important
international event organized by civil society to discuss social
justice. They want their work to achieve visibility. They want their
voices to be heard. Through their perspective, the film narrates the
event and reveals the challenges that corporate-driven globalization
presents not only to Rio de Janeiro but to the world political agenda.
Featuring: Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Linguist
Noam Chomsky, Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor César Maia, Filmmaker Fernando
Solanas, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez, Minister Benedita da Silva,
Photographer Sebastião Salgado, among other policy makers, intellectuals
and social activists.
The documentary “Voices From the Edge – The Favela Goes to the World
Social Forum” portrays the struggle of 23 community leaders from Rio de
Janeiro favelas (slums) to participate in the III World Social Forum,
held this year in Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil.
The community leaders are part of Congesco (Community Managers Council),
a social movement comprised of 60 members from various favelas
throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of Congesco is to
promote and develop social activities from within their communities to
improve their quality of life.
Although the World Social
Forum (WSF) is the largest international event organized by civil
society to discuss social issues and alternatives to corporate-driven
globalization, the participation of representatives from low-income
communities is severely compromised by a simple factor: they often do
not have the necessary financial means to attend the event.
“Where is the edge of society that does not participate in these
events?” This is the question posed by Angelo da Silva, Coordinator at
Congesco, to explain their motivations to go to the WSF. Aware of the
importance of the work developed by NGOs and other progressive sectors
of society, but tired of being misrepresented by intellectuals and
public authorities, they want to have their own voices heard. They want
to be considered in the political debate.
By following the group’s journey, from its first efforts to get support
from Rio’s Mayor Cesar Maia, to its return to Rio, the documentary
narrates the group’s participation in the WSF, the diverse perspectives
presented at the event and its main participants. Among them are social
activists, politicians, students and intellectuals from around the
Inácio Lula da Silva opens the event by relating it to the ongoing
meeting in Davos. Linguist Noam Chomsky talks about the Landless
Movement and the issue of exclusion; Argentinean filmmaker
Fernando Solanas criticizes North-American media imperialism; and
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez shows his indignation at the
inequality between wealthy and poor countries.
At the WSF, Congesco’s members exchange experiences about social
mobilization with Piqueteros
Barrios de Pie from Argentina, and learn from a Latino group from
New York (Community Voices Heard)
that the United States is far from being the paradise they had imagined.
In addition to encountering groups from other countries, the group also
has the opportunity to meet and debate with authorities such as Senator
for the State of São Paulo, Eduardo Suplicy, and Minister of Social
Assistance and Promotion, Benedita da Silva.
Back in Rio, Congesco’s members share with their communities their
experiences and recognition among international activists and