While the deaths alone are an immense tragedy, the pandemic’s socio-economic ripple effects – like the virus itself – disproportionately affect the poor and working class. As the face of Brazil – with its incredible beauty, vibrant culture as well as its brutal inequality, corruption and violence – Rio de Janeiro demonstrates the hardships endured by Brazil’s urban poor and working classes as well as their resilience, resistance and sense of solidarity.
Through this lens it becomes clear how during a crisis and in the absence of an effective State presence, marginalized communities are forced to rely on themselves and each other in order to survive. This sentiment is expressed simply in the phrase “Nós por Nós”: Us for Our Own.
Part of a multi-year documentary project on Rio de Janeiro from post-Olympics to Bolsonaro.