Garapa

North American Premiere

Brazil | 106 MINUTES

GARAPA

Documentary
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.

 

Co-presented by

 

 


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by José Padilha, José Padilha, and José Padilha

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.
Director
José Padilha
Editor
Felipe Lacerda
Producers
José Padilha, Marcos Prado
Sound
Yan Saldanha
Sound Mixer
Rodrigo Noronha
Director of Photography
Marcela Bourseau
Executive Producers
James D'Arcy, Mariana Bentes

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
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
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
Director's Agent
David Kopple
The Gersh Agency
232 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 205 5899
dkopple@gershla.com
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
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