Organized and coordinated by Laura Belik (PhD Student in Architecture) sponsored by the College of Environmental Design’s Diversity Platforms Initiative, the Screening Series: URBAN RIGHTS IN BRAZIL puts a spotlight on cities, urban democracy, public space, and housing focusing on contemporary Brazilian conflicts. Screenings of iconic documentaries will be followed by discussions led by faculty, scholars and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, interpreting and engaging with topics on the Right to the City from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Events are free and open to all!
Thursday, October 11 | 305 Wurster Hall
4pm - Lecture “Politics Below the Asphalt: Anti-Eviction Movements and Sexual Revolution in Bahia”
6:30pm - Screening “Dia de Festa” (Housewarming Party), Directors: Pablo Georgieff and Toni Venturi, 2005 | 77 min
Lecture and comments by Professor Keisha Khan Y. Perry (Brown University, Associate Professor of Africana Studies)
Synopsis: This documentary follows the simultaneous mass occupations of a number of empty buildings during one night (“a house-warming party”) seen through the eyes of four women, leaders of the MSTC (Movement of the Homeless of the Centre of São Paulo).
Tuesday, October 16 | 112 Wurster Hall
5:30pm - “Era o Hotel Cambridge” (The Cambridge Squatter), Director: Eliane Caffé, 2016 | 99 min
Comments by Professor James Holston (UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology) and visiting scholar Professor Nabil Bonduki (University of São Paulo-USP, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning)
Synopsis: Era O Hotel Cambridge tells the story of refugees, recently arrived in Brazil who, together with a group of low-income workers, occupy an old abandoned building in downtown São Paulo. Daily dramas, comical situations and different views on the world commingle with the threat of impending eviction.
Tuesday, October 23 | 112 Wurster Hall
5:30pm - “Elevado 3.5” (3.5 Overpass), Directors: Maíra Bühler, Paulo Pastorelo, João Sodré, 2007 | 75 min
Comments by Professor Teresa Caldeira (UC Berkeley, CED Department of City & Regional Planning)
Synopsis: From down on the street to the highest floors of its surrounding buildings, Overpass 3.5 documents the life around the Minhocão (Big Worm), a 3.5 km (2.1 miles) elevated highway in downtown São Paulo built during the Brazilian military dictatorship. Both above and below the overpass, within the system of power that runs the city and in its shadows, the documentary presents a dive into different characters’ personal stories.
Tuesday, October 30 | 112 Wurster Hall
5:30pm - “Edificio Master” (Master, A Building in Copacabana), Director: Eduardo Coutinho, 2002 | 110 min
Comments by UC Berkeley Graduate Students: Priscila Coli, Mônica Gimenes Hernández, Giselle Mendonça, Catarina de Morais Gama, Tonika Sealy-Thompson
Synopsis: Over the course of a few weeks, director Eduardo Coutinho and his team interviewed residents of the traditional Copacabana apartment building, Edificio Master. This twelve-story complex has 276 apartment units, and over 500 residents. Coutinho’s interviews unveil people’s stories and idiosyncrasies, while contrasting them with the anonymity of people’s lives in this lower-middle income modernist construction.