Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Favela Farm

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In Brazil can Pedro build a Life App to help the secret world of urban farms and gardens in Rio's shanty towns?

Favela Farm

Pedro is part of a collective of young people in Rio de Janeiro working on new mobile phone technology. Social network apps can serve a dual purpose: They can increase awareness about a cause, and enable users to take action. Social apps help users feel they're making a difference. Pedro goes to Rio and meets Cadu and Dinho, who work on community projects in the Mare and Alemao favelas.

The massive and uncontrolled growth of favelas is a major environmental issue in Rio. In Alemao and Mare alone there are more than 200,000 people, with few proper facilities. Cadu and Dinho are taking Pedro to meet young people from Rio's North Zone, learn about their lives, and research the possibilities for a new 'Life App' that can help with green business initiatives in the favela community.

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Main credits

Mac Niven, Rodrigo (Director)
Mac Niven, Rodrigo (Screenwriter)
Araújo, Lúcia (Director)
Garcez, Bruno (Narrator)
Bradshaw, Steve (Film editor)

Other credits

Music, Just A Band, Malicia Urban Crew, Audio Network; editor, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

tv/e (Television Trust for the Environment)

tv/e (Television Trust for the Environment)
Rodrigo Mac Niven
Editor: Sotira Kyriacou
Executive Producers: Jenny Richards, Nick Rance
Production Managers: Davina Rodrigues, Sheila Menon
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
Narrator: Bruno Garcez
Music: Just A Band, Malicia Urbana Crew, Audio Network
A Canal Futura production
Produced with the finanical assistance of the European Union

Docuseek2 subjects

Social Studies
Agriculture and Food
Urban Studies
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Citizenship and Civics
Developing World
Global Issues
Latin American Studies
Science, Technology, Society
Social Psychology
Sustainable Agriculture


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