September 6, 2009

Cidade de Deus, Brazil.

Cidade de Deus (City of God) is one of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, who get the most attention from politicians and media. Both in Brazil and abroad. Most of the time people seem to forget that only a few percent of the habitants live up to the violent portraits as seen in the movie 'City of God'. The rest live a peaceful life, with job, family and play. Walking around one day in the community I took the following photos. Cidade de Deus is a community with a rich cultural life, where local artist, photographers and filmmakers work for empowerment and social change. One of the organisations is Lentes de Sonho, where young people get introduced to the world of modelling.

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