A Mao e a Luva—The Story of a Book Trafficker
(66 minutes) Brazil/Italy
Director: Roberto Orazi
Producer: Riccardo Neri
The film takes place in one of the poorest and most needy areas in the city of Recife, the Pina favela in Northeast Brazil. The film presents the story of thirty-five-year-old Ricardo Gomes Ferraz, better known as Kcal, a poet and musician, who has turned his house, a lake dwelling suspended over the water, into a library for the children of his community. Sacrificing his few resources for over fifteen years, he has bought second-hand books in dozens of different places all over the city. The library has become a meeting place for hundreds of children and adults, a place where dreaming is not forbidden, where imagination can fly to places very different from the favela in which they live.
Roberto Orazi has worked as an assistant director and musician for decades, driven by his passion for the arts. Orazi made his directing debut with Venditori, which received several awards. He also directed Presi per Caso’s music video Fiesta, which was selected as a finalist at the International Music Awards. In 2009 he directed H.O.T. hot organ traffic, a shocking documentary about the illegal organ trade worldwide.
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