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Brazil, halfway across the globe from here, is known for its colorful Carnival, devotion to soccer, and increasing economic power. Its image, however, is sometimes marred by street violence, drug-trafficking and police corruption.

Soraya Umewaka, a 28-year-old Japanese-Lebanese filmmaker based in Tokyo, has chosen to portray the complexities of Brazil through the everyday routines of the people who live there, particularly those residing in or hailing from favelas, slums where many of the descendants of freed black slaves live.

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