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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

GARAPA

Directed by José Padilha and José Padilha
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 106 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE GARAPA
Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad (TFF '08) with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. Rosa, Robertina, and Lucia live in variously urbanized areas of Brazil, but all share the daily struggle with acute undernourishment, which forces them to feed their children garapa, a cheap mixture of sugar and water effective at staving off hunger pangs but devoid of nutritional value. This is a degree of poverty relegated to statistics, too often stripped of its human face and of the lived experience of such profound deprivation.

Garapa gives meaning to the staggering but abstract figures on worldwide malnutrition: According to the UN, 910 million people suffer from chronic hunger today, and the numbers are expected to rise due to rising food prices. The power of these numbers only resonates once one has seen life with Rosa, Robertina, and Lucia through Padilha's distinct lens. Theirs is the story of starvation as a way of life, conveyed through arresting, grainy cinematography and evocative long takes. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis.
Documentary
About the Director(s)
José Padilha (b. 1967, Rio de Janeiro) is one of the founding partners of Zazen Produções. Padilha wrote, produced, and directed Elite Squad, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2007, he produced and directed the short documentary Charcoal for Live Earth, and he produced Marcos Prado's Estamira, winner of 33 awards. For Bus 174, his first theatrical direction, Padilha was honored by the Directors Guild of America for outstanding directorial achievement. He has also produced the documentaries Pantanal Cowboys, Facing the Jaguar, and Os Pantaneiros, which he also directed.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2008
  • Length:
    106 minutes
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    José Padilha
  • Producers:
    José Padilha, Marcos Prado
  • Executive Producers:
    James D'Arcy, Mariana Bentes
  • Director of Photography:
    Marcela Bourseau
  • Editor:
    Felipe Lacerda
  • Sound:
    Yan Saldanha
  • Sound Mixer:
    Rodrigo Noronha

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Claudia Belém
    BelemCom
    Praça N.S. da Glória, 135/205 - Glória Rio de Janeiro, 22211-110
    Phone: +55 213 826 2490
    belem@belemcom.com.br
  • Print Source
    Zazen Produções
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    zazen@zazen.com.br
  • Director's Agent
    David Kopple
    The Gersh Agency
    232 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310 205 5899
    dkopple@gershla.com
  • Director
    José Padilha
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jd. Botânico Rio de Jainero, RJ 22460-020
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    padilha@zazen.com.br
  • Producer
    Marcos Prado
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jd. Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-020
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    m.prado@zazen.com.br
  • Technical Contact
    Carmem Levy
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    carmem@zazen.com.br
  • Sales Contact
    James D'Arcy
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    james@zazen.com.br
  • Press Contact
    Claudia Belém
    BelemCom
    Praça N.S. da Glória, 135/205 - Glória Rio de Janeiro, 22211-110
    Phone: +55 213 826 2490
    belem@belemcom.com.br
  • Print Source
    Zazen Produções
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    zazen@zazen.com.br
  • Director's Agent
    David Kopple
    The Gersh Agency
    232 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310 205 5899
    dkopple@gershla.com
  • Director
    José Padilha
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jd. Botânico Rio de Jainero, RJ 22460-020
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    padilha@zazen.com.br
  • Producer
    Marcos Prado
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jd. Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-020
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    m.prado@zazen.com.br
  • Technical Contact
    Carmem Levy
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    carmem@zazen.com.br
  • Sales Contact
    James D'Arcy
    Zazen Produções Audiovisuais Ltda.
    Rua Visconde de Carandaí, 31 - Jardim Botânico Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-080
    Phone: +55 21 2512 8022
    james@zazen.com.br

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