Quotations and my own definition after having visited favelas in Rio de Janeiro and having interviewed architects, urban planers, community workers, favelados, etc.
Their importance for a community to express themselves, to get help, to get farther on in life – especially in a megacity.
“The intellectual, artistic, scientific freedom of opinion and press is guaranteed without censure or authorisation.” – From the Brazilian constitution, Article 5
So any citizen has the right to express himself – even favelados. It is a basic right like breathing, thinking, living.
An overview of the film history in Brazilian movies and TV with a strong focus on favelas.