Directed by Luc Vrydaghs • Documentary • 2017 • 26 minutes
We meet 6 populations in transition via the microcosm of the local barber shop.
RIO DE JANEIRO / BRAZIL
Brazil has well prepared itself for the Olympic Games of 2016, to embrace sports enthusiasts from all over the world. However, the people from the favela’s have, as always, been forgotten.
Barber Shop Brazil talks about current state of the favela’s and of the common man’s fear, not of drug dealers, but of the police. This is not a film about corruption but about the life of ordinary teenagers in Brazil’s capital.
The story plays in the outer skirts of Rio, in the Favela Jacarezinho. Barber Pedro rents the chairs in his barber shop to teenagers, but only if they stop getting involved in drugs and crime. Not only eager to learn a profession, the teenagers of Salao Faria have even developed a very specific haircut: the Jaca Haircut.