When and Where:
Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00pm
at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library
In the lead up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian government initiates a series of ‘pacification’ programs, aimed at retaking territories previously controlled by heavily armed drug trafficking armies. In November 2011, Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum ‘Rocinha’ is seized without a single shot fired.
Shortly after the intervention, reports begin to emerge of rampant police abuse, which culminate in the disappearance of local bricklayer Amarildo de Souza. Amarildo was last seen being taken by the police for questioning, and his family believes that he has been tortured and murdered by the police. In the face of brutal oppression, together the residents start a protest movement that will shake the Brazilian establishment to the core.
‘IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL’ offers a fascinating and often brutal insight into life inside Brazil’s largest slum ‘Rocinha’. First time director Dan Jackson offers a stunning portrait of a community that is as vibrant and inspiring as it is violent and barbaric. It is a story of David and Goliath, of empowerment, and ultimately a celebration of the amazing fortitude and resilience of the human spirit.
“This resonant social-justice documentary exposes failed efforts to forcefully clean up Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum.” – Variety Review
“Clever handheld camera work lets us wind through the labyrinth of the favela. Life happens all at once in Rochina, kids are at play while armed soldiers sharply turn corners with their guns raised. There is a distinct beauty that Dan Jackson, a first time director from Australia, understands and captures in the favela’s sprawl. Every frame is vivid and filled with bold colors. He also finds power in his well-crafted close ups. For a first time director you feel as if you watching an experienced craftsman.” – HotDocs 2016 Review
“A new documentary, In the Shadow of the Hill, explores how the security force has a devastating impact on the lives of the people in the favela of Rocinha.” CBC Radio Review
“‘In The Shadow of the Hill’ also examines the relationship between favela residents and the police, and shows the efforts of community members and activists to maintain hope and seek justice.” Metro News Review
A film by Dan Jackson
30 minutes Q&A to follow the screening.
All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.
Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)
All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.