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by Samuel Chalard


The film unfolds in Rio de Janeiro on both sides of the wall separating the new Olympic Stadium and the favéla Vila Autódromo. Nothing prevents the co-existence of these two worlds but some judge them “incompatible” including Rio’s Mayor. His wish to reclaim this area, reserved for Rio’s poor since the 1990s, sets off a lopsided power struggle as people with little means fight to keep their home. Meanwhile, the Opening Ceremony approaches.

original title: Favela Olímpica
country: Switzerland
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Samuel Chalard
film run: 93'
screenplay: Samuel Chalard
cinematography by: Patrick Tresch
film editing: Karine Sudan
music: Guillaume Roy
producer: Frédéric Gonseth
production: RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Frédéric Gonseth Productions
distributor: Outside The Box