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A SHORT DOCUMENTARY BY ALIKI TSAKOUMI Luiz's crackland PICTURES FROM A SAFE SPACE IN THE HEART OF A DARKNESS about movie LOGLINE Luiz’s Crackland is a short observational documentary that says a universal story of people struggling and thriving in a hard environment. The Container Theatre, situated in the so-called Crackland of Sao Paulo, helps drug addicts reintegrate into society but stands in sharp contrast to the harsh world outside its fences. WATCH TRAILER

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It has been scientifically proven that integration and connection is the most efficient way to deal with addiction and yet society isolates drug addicts.
The goal of the Container Theatre in São Paulo is not only to make art more accessible, but also to create a safe space for those living in the heart of this notoriously dangerous neighbourhood.
The theatre’s work is defined by the needs of the people who live nearby – including the addicts who sleep literally just outside its fences. Their entire philosophy is centered around serving the needs of local people, often from difficult socio-economic backgrounds with addiction problems. But their focus is on helping them to reintegrate into society, giving them a place where their time and energy is valued and in doing so setting up a unique contract: the addicts understand that they are welcome any time, but they aren’t welcome to do drugs on the premises.

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DIRECTED BY Aliki Tsakoumi
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Aake Kivalo
PRODUCER Emma Creed
TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Tobias Snäll
EDITOR Dimitris Manousiakis
SOUND DESIGN Anton Zalecki
TRANSLATION Allie Lopes
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Trausti Birgisson

 

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LUIZ

Teatro de Contêiner

Stockholm University of the Arts

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About the movie

RUPTLY news agency has supplied the film’s archive material.

The film was born out of a research trip in Sao Paulo organized by Stockholms Konstnärliga Högskola. The university used to have a long-standing collaboration with SP Escola de Teatro, which has sparked an artistic and cultural exchange.

Luiz’s Crackland was pitched at Tempo Film Festival in Stockholm as part of SKH FILM AND MEDIA DAY AT TEMPO DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL