Inside the Favelas
October 21, 2011 12:52 AM   Subscribe

Never been to Brasil but I've been fascinated with the sociology of the favelas ever since I saw City of God. Thanks for the link.
posted by mannequito at 1:12 AM on October 21, 2011 [2 favorites]

After watching Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2 (the latter of which, I believe, is the highest grossing movie in Brazil of all time), I've come to realise that you can only understand the nexus of crime, criminals, and police in Rio de Janeiro by also including the utterly corrupt governmental officials and the apathetic and media-hungry populace as well.

Does the comic cover this as well? I've only just started.
posted by asymptotic at 1:35 AM on October 21, 2011

They mention Elite Squad 2 actually, saying that a scene from the movie was filmed in one of the comic locations.
posted by mannequito at 1:47 AM on October 21, 2011

The comic references this Michael Jackson video shot in the favelas.

Whatever you think of Michael Jackson, be sure that were he alive today he would have made a video about the 99%. Which is either a good or a bad thing.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:53 AM on October 21, 2011 [2 favorites]

Thanks. Is there a Part 2?
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:12 AM on October 21, 2011

Thanks for posting this. I guess part 2 is still pending?
posted by Forktine at 5:27 AM on October 21, 2011

I was once in Rio, actually visited a Baile Funk, and the next day I saw a funny comic on the front of the Rio de Janeiro newspaper.

The story line: cops sneak undercover into a favela, hide in a house and bring their SWAT equipment hidden in furniture into the house. The wait until a "traficante" appears after a few days to drink a beer with his companions at a bar in front of the house, where the SWAT team is hiding. SWAT team "makes an arrest": throws two flash grenades out of the window and fires with all automatic guns they have, killing all the drug dealers. Not with a prior warning or something.

It was drawn in a really funny way. Found it less funny when I saw on the second page, how the real people looked and realized that this was a drawing of a real incident.

Not the comic but the news in Portuguese: Bem-Te-Vi da Rocinha

posted by yoyo_nyc at 5:29 AM on October 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh man this is good. Thanks Fiasco.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:51 AM on October 21, 2011

You know..this is a great story, but I cannot read comics. The page layout is maddening. Is there a straight text version?
posted by spicynuts at 7:41 AM on October 21, 2011

Rio is a lovely place and you won't find a better example of the contrast between the 99%/1% anywhere.
posted by tommasz at 8:35 AM on October 21, 2011

Very cool post, thanks I enjoyed it and looking towards number 2.

/saying from a viewpoint of one whom dislikes comics
posted by handbanana at 10:22 AM on October 21, 2011

I was in Rio when the military went in to Alemão - that was an interesting few days.

The situation's not nearly as simple as good cops (note: military police, not civilian) vs. evil dealers, to be sure, but I think the narrative presented in this comic is suspect as well. For example, "...these places are controlled by drug cartels, who operate as the government and police force, protecting and helping the community, while establishing social rules." That's an incredibly charitable description of the roles the dealers play.

The dealers do provide some level of social support/services, but really only to the extent that it helps them maintain control of the environment. They're not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, and they've also prevented other social services (free state-run health clinics etc) from operating in areas under their control.

Also, is "Drug trafficking still goes on (as anywhere), but without dealers openly brandishing guns as in the past" really a "Disadvantage" of pacification?
posted by ethand at 10:47 AM on October 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Inside the Favelas, Pt 2.
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