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Barber Shop - Ep 4: Rio De Janeiro / Brazil

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We meet 6 populations in transition via the microcosm of the local barber shop.

In Rio de Janeiro, barber Pedro picks teenagers from the street to teach them a profession. The inhabitants of Clacton-on-Sea reflect on post-Brexit society. In South Africa, post Mandela era, the white middle class is degrading to poverty. Detroit’s young and old inhabitants, each in their own way, have learned to overcome the city’s bankruptcy. The Sahrawi refugees question the fight for their land. In India, hairdresser Soniya helps her clients to fight for women’s rights.


Brazil has well prepared itself for the Olympic Games of 2016, to embrace sports enthusiasts from all over the world. However, the people from the favela’s have, as always, been forgotten.

Barber Shop Brazil talks about current state of the favela’s and of the common man’s fear, not of drug dealers, but of the police. This is not a film about corruption but about the life of ordinary teenagers in Brazil’s capital.

The story plays in the outer skirts of Rio, in the Favela Jacarezinho. Barber Pedro rents the chairs in his barber shop to teenagers, but only if they stop getting involved in drugs and crime. Not only eager to learn a profession, the teenagers of Salao Faria have even developed a very specific haircut: the Jaca Haircut.