Rainhas do Salgueiro – cidadania relativa

Salgueiro Queens – relative citizenship
A documentary by Silvia Santangelo Jura – Soundtrack: Célia Mara
(A/BR 2002 – 45 Min. / Video)
best video production at XVIII. black international cinema 2003
| berlin – düsseldorf – ljubjana || in coop with USA &Brazil

>The considerable documentary about life in the “favelas”, Rio de Janeiro’s slums. A documentary, that does’nt show only suffering and poverty, but concentrates mostly on the power of life, the creativity and the self-esteem of the women in the “favelas”. (treffpunkt kultur – ORF 2) <
“Culture is everything… if you say culture, you talk about self-esteem, education, appearence, health, yes culture is everything!” (Dona Ivete)
With the help of the gods and goddesses and counting on her intelligence, Dona Ivete fights for a better future on the Morro do Salgueiro, one of the Favelas in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. But not just Dona Ivete, many other Salgueiro residents as well participate with courage and consciousness in the struggle against exclusion, racism and poverty. Their common weapon is the Afro-Brazilian culture.
“I understand this documentary as a kind of mission – I try to synthesize information about a culture – foreign to me – and to make it understandable to others. As the treated topics are universally valid, this is a contribution to mutual understanding between people.” (Silvia Santangelo Jura, director)
The documentary brings a snap-shot of the daily Favela life, one that shows the “normal” people, children, women, families. Without romanticizing or shocking with pictures of poverty, the documentary gives a view of reality – and this includes carnival, processions, Afro-Brazilian cult acting’s as well as discussions, work and family life. The conditions of survival of the mostly Afro-Brazilian residents of the Morro do Salgueiro are shared.
“Culture is – first of all – a weapon for liberation. Culture forms life-attitude, it gives people the possibility for self-reflection. It enables the resumption of dignity. Through culture, the development of self-esteem is advanced. Through culture, ones citizenship can be built.” (Januário Garcia)
Culture, religion and social networking, which allow survival in a racist society, are shown by means of a youth targeted educational project, Nika Jaina – trainee courses as afro-hairdressers. In “white thinking” Brazil, where Afro-Brazilian culture and dark skin are reason enough for discrimination, the educational project Nika Jaina symbolizes active change in society.

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