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Film fest offers fresh look at Brazil

THE curator of the 2nd Brazil Film Fest which will kick off tomorrow in Shanghai wants to go beyond cliches.

Anamaria Boschi, executive producer and curator of the festival, says the lineup of Brazilian movies is a chance for Chinese to learn more about the country without any reference to the usual stereotypes.

The selection of movies includes "5X Favela, Now By Ourselves," "Reflection of a Blender," "Welcome Back," "Mother and Daughter" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Short films include "Godofredo," "The Dwarf that Wanted to be a Giant" and "Monster."

Most have never been screened in China before this tour, which included a stop in Beijing.

The movies and documentaries present a diversified view of Brazil that is contemporary and fun.

"5X Favela, Now by Ourselves" is the winner of the best film award at the Paulinia Film Festival Brazil 2010.

The film project gathered over 80 young people from the slums of Rio de Janeiro. From this group they chose a film consisting of five stories that reflect different facets of the daily lives of residents in Rio's slum communities. The goal was to escape stereotypical representations.

The three-day festival will also include seminars and Q&A sessions with Brazilian actors and directors. An exhibition of Brazilian artist Bruno Porto, who currently lives in Shanghai, will also take place.

Date: December 2-4

Entrance: Free, but reservations highly recommended.

More information about the Festival is available at


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