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Born to Be Blind (2003)

A Pessoa É Para o Que Nasce (original title)
Three blind sisters, Regina, Maria and Conceição, earn their living by singing in front of churches, in Brazil... They tell their amazing stories, full of drama, heartache, rape, poverty, death and hope.
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In Campina Grande, Northeastern of Brazil, the three fifty and something year old illiterate Barbosa sisters (Maria das Neves a.k.a. "Maroca", Regina a.k.a."Poroca" and Conceição a.k.a. "Indaiá") are daughters of cousins and born blind. They have survived playing "ganzá" and begging on the streets of Campina Grande since their childhood. The director Roberto Berliner discloses in this remarkable documentary their sad stories, with poverty, rape, abuse inclusive sexual and love, but never corny; on the contrary, with a great message of strength, faith and hope. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Three Blind Sisters of Campina Grande
6 July 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Campina Grande, Northeastern of Brazil, the three fifty and something year old illiterate Barbosa sisters (Maria das Neves a.k.a. "Maroca", Regina a.k.a."Poroca" and Conceição a.k.a. "Indaiá") are daughters of cousins and born blind. They have survived playing "ganzá" and begging on the streets of Campina Grande since their childhood. The director Roberto Berliner discloses in this remarkable documentary their sad stories, with poverty, rape, abuse inclusive sexual and love, but never corny; on the contrary, with a great message of strength, faith and hope.

My brother was born in Rio de Janeiro, but he moved to and settled in Campina Grande in the 80's and he told me that the Barbosa sisters are very popular in this town. The wonderful work of the also "carioca" (born in Rio de Janeiro) Roberto Berliner was very important to the sisters that became famous in Brazil, inclusive participating of a concert with Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and improved their lives getting also a new house. Roberto Berliner interacts in many footages, and I particularly loved when he tells that he gave part of what he earned in his first documentary of 1998 to the Barbosa sisters. Further, when Maria confesses that she had fallen in love for Roberto Berliner in an awesome moment of this beautiful documentary. My only remark is its long running time, which could be a little shorter. I recommend this documentary to overseas viewers that expect to watch a different reality in this contemporary global world. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Pessoa É Para o Que Nasce" ("The Person Is For What She Is Born")


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