As Forcas Das Favelas| 39mins
Director: Rebecca Sweetman | Producer: Rebecca Sweetman
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Canada
Urban Development Solutions from the Informal Settlements of Rio de Janeiro
â€œWe have to glue together the informal part of the city to the formal part of the city. We have to integrate, unite.â€
â€”Paolo Rabello de Castro, President, Instituto AtlÃ¢ntico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nearly one billion people alive today â€“ 1 in every 7 human beings â€“ are â€œslum dwellersâ€, a figure likely to double by 2050, according to UN-HABITAT. The death rate for children who live in favelas is in some areas double that of children who live in other urban areas. Defined by insecure land tenure and a lack of access to infrastructure and services, the urban poor living in these settlements are arguably amongst the most disadvantaged communities in the world. PSPâ€™s film reveals a different side of informal settlements, one of hope and inspiration. Focusing on solutions for a sustainable urban future, PSP has documented the work of over 20 NGOs in Brazil along with the stories of communities who have seen the difference these programs make. As expansive new urban development prepares Rio for upcoming international events, including the Olympics in 2016, the wisdom shared in this film is now more important than ever.
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