Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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City Life - Doing the Right Thing

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Porto Alegre, Brazil has benefited from urban revitalization.

City Life - Doing the Right Thing

Porto Alegre, capital of Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, was once a run-of-the-mill, dirty, Brazilian port city. But an amazing transformation has taken place: unemployment has fallen, public transportation is now excellent, and poor neighborhoods have improved dramatically.

These changes are thanks to a process of direct democracy known as the 'Participatory Budget' scheme that's giving all Porte Alegre's citizens a say in how their city is run. The scheme devotes the bulk of the city's financial resources to renewing the infrastructure of the town's slum areas and improving living standards for its neediest residents. As a result, exceptional neighborhood leaders have sprung up. This program from the City Life series traces the experiences of two such women, both born in poor slum areas, who have risen to make a difference in the community.

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Main credits

Sandison, Hilary (film director)
Sandison, Hilary (screenwriter)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
La Rosa, Federico (editor of moving image work)
Rea, Damien (editor of moving image work)
Atkins, Rachel (narrator)

Other credits

Editors, Federico La Rosa, Damien Rea; music, The Definitive Break, SONUS-Mambo.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Hilary Sandison

Television Trust for the Environment
Hilary Sandison
Directed and produced by Hilary Sandison
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Urban Studies
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Economic Anthropology
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Citizenship and Civics
Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Sustainable Development
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning
Women's Studies


Porto Alegre, Brazil, Participatory Budget, community development, urban planning, urban studies; "Doing the Right Thing"; Bullfrog Films

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