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Greyness in Black and White

Had it been made in colour, it would have surely turned out grey. That is what happens when the main character of a movie is South America’s largest metropolis. Layer after layer, building after building, memory after memory, Sao Paulo appears large, endless and suffocating in Obra (2014). With its …

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The path to the Royal Ball

From rags and exhausting house chores all the way to a palace, with large gardens where she could wander about in her impeccable crystal shoes, alongside her prince charming. The path to royalty is a long and rocky one for a plebeian, but despite the hardships of her pre-marital life, …

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Embodying Brazil Through Dance

Brazil’s Grupo Corpo brought a ray of bright sunshine to Canada’s dark winter, illuminating a crowded Vancouver Playhouse with graceful lightness, precision and splendor. Twenty-two dancers warmed the hearts of the audience with two astounding pieces presented on February 7 and 8, ending a short and successful tour aroundA NorthAmerica’s …

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Chillin’ in a cool job

It’s not unusual for snow sports enthusiasts to encounter an Australian or two working in the mountains of British Columbia. It’s easy to spot them: not only are their accents a dead giveaway, but many of them wear nametags informing guests of their hometown. However, if on your next visit …

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Hello, my name is Curumim

The calm Sunday morning is abruptly taken over by the sound of children running, playing and yelling in Portuguese. Then, all of a sudden, a euphoric Angelica Loughrey declares: “My daughter speaks like a gringa!“ Followed by a resounding laughter. But it hasn’t always been like this. Loughrey, whose husband …

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Securing his dream

When Marcio Barros came from Brazil to Vancouver in 2006 there was only one way to validate his diploma in Canada” to attend a dentistry program in one of the ten universities that offered such program. The process wasn’t easy and forced Barros to find ways to balance work and …

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Brazilian entrepreneurs

Starting a business is no easy task. It requires planning, hard work, perseverance• and if you are an immigrant, one more obstacle: navigating an uncharted sea of bureaucracy in a country you are not familiar with. This, however, can be seen as an opportunity for self-growth and the chance to …

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Favela tour

A safari jeep stops in front of a posh hotel and picks up foreign tourists for a tour. As they make their way to the destination, a distraught tourist asks: “Is it dangerous to be here?“ The tour guide assures them: “No. Not now. A lot of people come here.“ …

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Film revives memories

From August 30 to September 8, waves of joy, struggle, passion and vivacity will fill the city’s movie theatres at the 11th edition of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF). Representing Brazil, two movies will be competing for the First Time Director Award, Avanti Popolo and Jonathas’ Forest, while …

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Pressing on

The end of a journey is often not the end, butA the beginning of a new one. Such is the caseA for the last 12 years of Alexandre Lourenco andA Denis Silva’s lives. They both lost their jobs andA had to move to an unknown country, and allA because of …

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