ISA Forum of Sociology

Challenges of Contemporary Brazil

The series Challenges of Contemporary Brazil was produced by Conta Pra Mim Filmes, a production company from Rio Grande do Sul, under the general direction of Professor Hermílio Santos, with funding from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). The production was recorded in places like Complexo de Favelas da Maré, in Rio de Janeiro, and the city of Brasília. Two organizations from Rio Grande do Sul are also portrayed: União de Vilas da Grande Cruzeiro, in the South Zone of Porto Alegre, and Ocupação Mulheres Mirabal, in the North Zone.

According to Hermílio Santos, the films aim to present the Brazilian perspective on some issues related to the main themes of the event, including environment, indigenous peoples, civil society in ghettos, women’s challenges in the labor market, reinvention of Brazilians to overcome the pandemic, and community solidarity in times of crisis.