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Bay of All Saints (2012)

In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government ... See full summary »


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In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration, hundreds of families are about to lose their homes. Filmed over 6 years, BAY OF ALL SAINTS is a lyrical portrait of three single-mothers living in the water slums during this crisis. Geni, AKA 'Miss Mayor,' a pizza parlor manager rapidly becomes a community organizer; Jesus, a laundry-washer, starts to look beyond her dreams of a Prince Charming who never comes; Dona Maria, a trash-picker, once freed from domestic servitude, ventures outside the palafitas as she raises her 16 children and grandchildren on the ocean bay. Their individual stories of poverty unfold through visits from Norato, their big-hearted refrigerator repairman, born and raised in the palafitas. He bears witness, as each family is promised a new home in governmental ... Written by Anonymous

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As the last of the notorious water slums is demolished in Bahia, Brazil, will three single mothers face homelessness or rally for a better life?





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9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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16:9 HD
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Norato, the refrigerator repairman, is the younger brother of Mestre Moraes, a world renowned master of Capoeira. Norato is one of 8 musicians on the Smithsonian Institute's recording of Grupo Capoeira Angola Pelorinho's first CD, the most widely distributed Capoeira CD. See more »


Norato: Here in the water slums, there are some things you can fix, and others you can't.
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My rating: 8
15 January 2014 | by kekcaSee all my reviews

As I follow my passion of documentary and autobiographically (here we can see both) movies I set this rating. A movie created by the help of Kickstarter (online platform which gives the opportunity original ideas to be presented and the way everyone can help with amount of resources on his will). Debut for its producer.

This movie shows the destiny or doom of a community which didn't have the option to be born in a better place to live. While the rich live nearby without noticing them and spend the millions given from the World Bank, people from the "palafita" decide to take things into their hands and get what they deserve. A battle which is not over at end of the movie.

A battle for freedom, for dreams of the representatives of the community. A battle that symbolize faith and hope, which they have because are doomed to have. Real life around us, where "developed societies" do not give hand to... the smaller communities.

Interesting example of developing a socium, the problems in it, the fears, dreams, friendship and humanity. Deepest human dreams performed on the wings of the sticks grounded into the junks and the sea.


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