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Black Brazilian lives matter
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Pacificado is Paxton Winters’ second film and shows us the brutal nature of everyday life in a Brazilian favela, set against the attempts of the police to pacify these neighbourhoods before the Olympics. It features Tati, a shy 13-year old who struggles to connect with her estranged father, Jaca, after his release from prison.

At the press conference he gave yesterday in the Kursaal, Winters said that after moving to a favela, he became a listener: “I was there to observe and tell stories that don’t usually get represented,” and the short he was originally going to make snowballed into a bigger project. As for the character of Jaca, Winters said: “he’s trying to find a way out of the system while maintaining his honour and integrity, which will prove to be really difficult.”

Bukassa Kabengele, who plays Jaca, thanked Winters for having had the courage to focus on the more intimate side of life in the favelas rather than the standard negative stereotypes, and while shooting in what is an urban battlefield was really terrifying at times, he stresses that what black Brazilians need are opportunities and feels that, “this film shows that with culture and love you can transform the world.”

Cassia Nascimento, Débora Nascimento, Paxton Winters eta Bukassa Kabengele.
Cassia Nascimento, Débora Nascimento, Paxton Winters eta Bukassa Kabengele.

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