Under the Clouds (Das Nuvens Pra Baixo)

Marco Antonio Gonçalves and Eliska Altmann
2015 | 74 mins
Country of Production: Brazil
Country Featured: Brazil
World Premiere | Directors in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 4 pm | Program F25

Carolina Maria de Jesus spent her life in a notorious favela (slum) in São Paolo. Her house was made of plywood, cans, and cardboard, and she supported her family by collecting and reselling paper. Her diary, documenting her difficult and violent daily life, was published as Quarto de Despejo and became a best seller in the 1960s. Meet five women in the Complexo da Maré slum in Rio de Janeiro, who draw parallels and contrasts between their experiences and Carolina’s. These women provide an invigorating depiction of life in the favela, subverting the usual themes of violence and male dominance.

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York


Re:Frame, My Perspective

“The film allowed us to literally reframe the concept of favela through an approach that brought to the fore a feminine, poetic point of view. From the beginning the aim of the film was to engender a collaborative process, to produce a documentary that would ‘not speak about, (but) just speak nearby,’ as proposed by Trinh T. Min-ha. In this sense, to re:frame means an openness toward the construction of symmetrical perspectives, a fusion of ‘frames,’ producing a new ethics and aesthetics of the documentary today.”

—Marco Antonio Gonçalves | Director, Das Nuvens Pra Baixo