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July 2021, arsenal cinema

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program Presents: Affonso Uchôa

A VIZINHANÇA DO TIGRE , 2014

The two of them rap together, peel mandarins, duel while laughing, and present their scars. They work on a construction site, ride their skateboards, love music, are fascinated by guns, and have a proclivity for drugs. In the iron grip of precarious circumstances, they just about manage to get by. And they’re playing themselves. In A VIZINHANÇA DO TIGRE (The Hidden Tiger, Brazil 2014), Brazilian filmmaker Affonso Uchôa (*1984) creates an unprejudiced, carefully composed portrait of young people from a poor district of the city of Contagem. For this program, he places historical films alongside his feature debut which are also dedicated to the marginalized: O TIGRE E A GAZELA (Brazil 1976) and TEREMOS INFÂNCIA (Brazil 1971), two documentary shorts by Aloysio Raulino, and Víctor Gavirias RODRIGO D: NO FUTURO (Columbia 1990), whose protagonist dreams of playing drums in a punk band, even as the drug trade and violence rule outside in the streets of Medellín. (bik) (21.7.)