The Other Rio


Documentary — Quebec — 2017 — 88 min
Color | French with English subtitles


Rio de Janeiro, August 2016. The Summer Olympics are in full swing. A few steps away from the Maracanã stadium, but far from the international attention, a hundred pauperized families live together in an abandoned building. Despite the misery, gang violence and militarization of the neighborhood, the residents survive with ingenuity and resilience. Ignored by the sensationalist reports, their dignified and generous words reveal a universe of concrete and light, where the reality of today fades behind the aspirations for tomorrow.

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  • Direction and writing: Émilie B. Guérette
  • Production: Colonelle films
  • Direction of photography: Etienne Roussy
  • Editing: Natacha Dufaux
  • Sound design: Marie-Pierre Grenier
  • Mixing: Bruno Bélanger
  • Sound recording: Francisco Heron De Alencar
  • Original score: Paulo Bottas
  • Distribution: F3M
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2017 *Best Hope Award Quebec/Canada
  • Beijing International Film Festival, 2018
  • Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, 2018
  • Saint-Séverin Film Festival, 2018
  • Montreal Brazilian Film Festival, 2018
  • Namur International Francophone Film Festival, 2018
  • DOC NYC Film Festival, 2018
  • Archcine – International Festival of Architecture Cinema, 2018 *Best Feature Award
  • Victoria Film Festival, 2019
  • Rendez-vous Quebec Cinema, 2019 *Best First Feature Award
  • Cannes Positive Cinema Festival, 2019
  • Écrans Canadiens Awards, 2019
  • Quebec Cinema Gala, 2019
The Other Rio, a Film by Émilie B. Guérette