On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro during its world famous Carnival, far from the beach and the touristic clichés, there is a contest between neighbourhoods. This old form of carnival features teams of futuristic gladiators that are a surreal mixture of play and menace. A tradition that has its roots in ancient European carnival traditions and in African rituals, they look like visitors from another planet.
A love letter to Brazil, in all of its beauty and all of its pain, this film is a joyous celebration and battle cry from the heart of Rio’s forgotten neighbourhoods. This is the Rio Carnival that you have never seen before.
About the Directors:
Film makers Ben Holman and Neirin Jones previously teamed up to make “The Good Fight”, which continues to accumulate accolades including “Best Documentary Short” at Tribeca Film Festival.
In awarding the prize, the Tribeca Jury said of The Good Fight: “This is an unflinching portrait of finding hope in a world of danger; a journey of perseverance in the face of tragedy; an uplifting and visually compelling story of redemption.”
Ben and Neirin have over fifteen years experience between them filming in Brazil, unearthing cultural treasures and bringing their cinematic eye to subjects that challenge the preconceptions of their audience.