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This 23-minute film documents a fascinating Brazilian community through the eyes of 23-year old Renato. Despite being born into a society that marginalizes him and his peers, Renato defies his criminal background and engages in the development of his own identity. Drawn to a percussion drumming group, Renato is offered an incredible opportunity and struggles to make new choices for his future.

deadCENTER Film Festival, OK - June 2008
Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO - May 2008
Aspen ShortsFest, CO - April 2008
Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, CA - March 2008
San Diego Black Film Festival, CA - Feb 2008
International Documentary Association David Wolper Student Award nominee, LA - Dec. 2007
CineCufa, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 2007
AU Visions Festival 'Best Thesis Film', DC - 2007

a film by Sylvia Johnson

co-produced by Joselito Crispim
cover art by Antonio de Jesus

Palofitas - stilt houses