Residents of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas band together to resist forced eviction from their homes to make way for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. State of Exception is an inspiring David and Goliath story of human resilience, about citizens banding together in a common struggle against overwhelming forces in defence of their most important life asset; the social fabric of their communities.
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Rio de Janeiro introduces a controversial policing program (UPP) in the favelas. The Police murder two young boys in cold blood, another officer protests, disappears, and is found murdered hours later. Artists in the communities resist against police brutality and social exclusion through their music and performance art, questioning the rhetoric of pacification and to what extent the UPPs are intensifying the criminalization of poverty.
Visit the official Rhythms of Resistance website for more details.