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It’s been i while i know. A lot of work going on so not much time to post. Besides that we are in a really different time here in Brasil. In the last two weeks a totally new kind of awakening is moving millions of Brasilians to protest. We realized we are totally fed up with our representatives. I’m talking about years of abuse. In a country where a teacher can makes as low as 600 US a month the average salary of a senator going around 30000 US. I’m talking about people being treated on the floors of the Er’s for the lack of beds and sometimes even needles and things like that. And with all this the government decides to host the fifa world cup here spending 28 billion US in infrastructure. This is more than what was spent in the last 3 cups altogether. Corruption. That’s why Brasilians are protesting. It’s a really pacific protest with some localized spots of vandalism. I guess when 2 million people go to the street all sort of individuals show up and not all have the same agendas. What is amazing me in all this is the coverage the nacional and international press is show of this protests. I just saw in tv the violence and depredation of these small groups. I guess this sells more newspapers. So i decided to show you friends some shots i took in the protests. I was there for 3 days and i saw no violence. Just complaints against absurd laws congress are voting like PEC 37 were police is prohibited to investigate members of the congress (yes…they are voting that right not). Complaints about the prices to build stadiums. Most importantly. It’s making the politics crazy. Normally most protests starts in a political party and people are called to action. In this case there are no parties. Parties even tried to appear and raise their flags but the people forced them to put the flags down so no party would benefit from the protest. It’s a really amazing show of democracy. And here are some shots….

“We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore.” as Howard Beale would say in “Network”, the famous film directed by Sidnei Lumet. This post is not about anger. It’s about movies. I read that the Network was chosen for preservation in the Us National Congress for it’s historical and social value. There are entire generations that are really well documented on films much better than in history books. This is an interesting feature in the knowledge about these generations. One that i can use to talk about my generation is ‘The fight Club”. It defines really well those who grew up in the eighties. Besides is much more fun than history class in my opinion. You probably have films that reminds you of your life and you surroundings. Your dreams and your fears. More than entertainment movies are also a very efficient way of “selling” an idea. The United States was the first country that learned how to do it. Because of the golden age of cinema everybody in the world would know what kind of suit a man should wear and how his house should look like. What kind of car he should have and what kind of answer he would give in a certain situation. This is a very powerful weapon when used well. I’m not sure what will be the next important tool for cultural propaganda but certainly the web is not as fun as the movies. Much more addictive but surely not as fun. I wonder if in a couple centuries the kids will learn from books of from films. I just hope they don’t have to learn from websites.