Brazilian Cinema

Last weekend was dedicated to the Brazilian Cinema. I chose 3 totally different films to watch and I daresay I wasn’t disappointed at all. Here they are, in order of viewing: 1. FEDERAL (2010) Vital (Carlos Alberto Riccelli) is a Brazilian federal police deputy who leads a special investigation group focused on capturing an international drug lord, named Carlos ‘Beque’ Batista. Vital’s team is completed by three other cops: Dani (Selton Mello), Lua (Cesario Augusto) and Rocha (Christovam Neto). Dani is a young federal agent, whose specialty is to infiltrate in and investigate the activities of the young drug oriented … Continue reading Brazilian Cinema

The Brazilian Health Crisis

Watching a programme on the precarious situation of the Brazilian Health System, known here as SUS (Sitema Único de Saúde), made me feel sick last night. Although I was neither surprised nor shocked, I had a rebelling feeling at what I saw. People waiting for more than 11 hrs to have a doctor have a look at them, a bloody one who said it’s the patients’ fault the fact that doctors aren’t able to attend to everyone because the patients go to the wrong health centre when they get ill, can you believe it? In one of the centres, a woman, who had waited for … Continue reading The Brazilian Health Crisis

O (Des)Caso Acerca das Escolas Públicas Brasileiras

Sexta-feira passada, todos os professores da rede municipal da cidade onde moro tiveram sua primeira reunião administrativa e pedagógica. A nossa foi muito prazerosa, com apresentação das melhorias realizadas no espaço físico da escola durante as férias, outras mudanças de procedimentos a fim de melhorar e facilitar o trabalho de todos, dinâmicas e atividades diferenciadas, como há muito não se via. Tivemos, porém, uma notícia surpreendente: fomos informados de que iniciaríamos o ano letivo com 3 salas de aula vazias. Não, não se trata de falta de alunos, pelo contrário, temos em média 1.ooo alunos. O fato é que as … Continue reading O (Des)Caso Acerca das Escolas Públicas Brasileiras