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Voices of the Favela

A unique interactive VR-documentary about the slums in northern Brazil built on VR-plattform SceneThere.

“If I didn’t have the dump, I’d have nothing” - this is the voice of one of the women from the Gereba favela in Brazil, where a whole economy has sprouted up around a landfill site on the edge of Fortaleza, northeastern Brazil.

In June 2016, a Swedish/British VR film crew was invited to film for the first time in Gereba. The VR team used groundbreaking technology to map the favela in new ways to allow the viewer to walk around and independently explore the streets, yards and even inside people’s homes, schools and a ballet class. The VR film depicts the hardship of living in such conditions, and how the natural resources that once flowed and supported the community are now disappearing. Importantly, it also captures the spirit of the people, their resourcefulness and their hopes and dreams for their children. The film is set against a backdrop of rapid urbanization, with an increasing number of people living in slums. At the same time, the Sustainable Development Goals focus on creating liveable cities in 15 years. New media can play a pivotal role in connecting people around the globe.

The film was premiered at UN's Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, and was also showed at NYTimes Energy For tomorrow in Paris in October 2016.

  • David Betteridge
    Paper Dreams, Musto,
  • Marcus Olsson
  • David Betteridge
    Paper Dreams, Musto
  • Marcus Olsson
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Documentary, VR, Interactive, social impact, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Custom 360 Rig
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - David Betteridge, Marcus Olsson