Bay of All Saints
US/Brazil, 2012, 74 minutes, Color, DVD, Portugese, Subtitled
Order No. W131103
In Salvador, Bahia, next to one of Brazil’s wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. Under a government program to reclaim and restore the bay, hundreds of families face forced relocation.
The stories of Geni, Jesus, and Doña Maria, three single mothers and their families shape this film’s narrative as they confront uncertainty and insecurity. Each woman offers a perspective of hope and self-determination, often graced by humor, in facing frequently dire circumstances. As their community is almost completely torn down and paved over, each begins to fight anew for the future. Filmed over six years, this extraordinary documentary offers fresh insights into environmental justice and notions of home for citizens bypassed by Brazil’s economic boom. With the World Cup coming in 2014 and the Olympics two years later, this is an essential film for understanding a country that will soon be in the world spotlight.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS
||South by Southwest Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary
||Woods Hole Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
- Hamptons International Film Festival
- Margaret Mead Film Festival
- Vancouver International Film Festival
- Starz Denver Film Festival
- Miami International Film Festival
- It’s All True Film Festival
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“Ecshews stereotypical portraits of Brazilian slums . . . Instead, it seeks out the stories whose protagonists are moved to articulate their desire for basic human rights.”
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"Exposes the disastrous consequences of the chronic government corruption and negligence . . . in a community that . . . has managed to kept its fighting spirit intact."
Mill Valley Film Festival
"Offers a glimpse at the complexities of urban poverty, the sacrifices these women make for their children’s survival, and the demands of life on the bay."
Belfast Film Festival
"...paints a dispiriting picture of life in a Brazilian slum and offers no cheap expression of hope beyond the fighting spirit found, however intermittently, in the community itself."
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