Documentary about Estamira, a 63-year-old woman who's been working for over 20 years at a landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Schizophrenic, but very charismatic, she's the leader of a small ... See full summary »

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Documentary about Estamira, a 63-year-old woman who's been working for over 20 years at a landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Schizophrenic, but very charismatic, she's the leader of a small community of old people living off garbage and has a very lyrical and philosophical attitude towards life. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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Shakespeare of Brazil
12 July 2005 | by (Brooklyn) – See all my reviews

Estamira is a poet and she lives intermittently in a garbage dump. This film is very long and very worth its length. And while there are filmmakers and editors behind it, Estamira is the writer and principal actor in this documentary. It is one of the many shames in the random sport of distribution that this film was not widely seen in the United States or elsewhere. For those who saw Bus 174, this should have seemed a worthy cousin, for its similar approach to a story of Brazil's underclass.

There are few playwrights or screenwriters or novelists that could match her use and facility with language. Yes, she is crazy and yes Dante would be jealous and Pope's should be nervous.


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