Going deep into a Rio Favela

On a stiflingly hot day in March, I found myself sitting in a packed mini-bus full of local camera crew, in the forecourt of a petrol station at the entrance to the most dangerous favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 // worldmark // Posted in Uncategorized
Going deep into a Rio Favela

Peter recounts his recent experience filming in Rio.

On a stiflingly hot day in March, I found myself sitting in a packed mini-bus full of local camera crew, in the forecourt of a petrol station at the entrance to the most dangerous favela in Rio de Janeiro. We were there to film a powerful and inspiring story about the Fight for Peace academy, in the heart of the Complexo da Mare favela. The centre uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people affected by crime and drug-related violence. Driving through the favela, we entered another world, an environment with an underlying current of menace. Once inside the gates of the academy’s compound, we found ourselves in still another world. Young men and women boxing and doing martial arts. Fighting. But fighting for a better world, for themselves and their community. The stories we heard were moving and incredibly articulate. These were people who had been given a fresh injection of hope, and were looking forward to future where the Olympic Games could potentially bring a great legacy to their city.

 

 

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