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Rialto for Short at home

Watch the best shorts from your couch

Rialto is  closed till June 1due to the measures concerning the coronavirus, but we also have good news: we bring Rialto for Short to your home!

In Rialto for Short, we offer upcoming talent a podium once every 3 months on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM. Film makers have the opportunity to show their short film on our screen this evening. The most diverse films can be seen and we have an eye for diversity; every genre and theme is welcome. Edgy & rebellious? No problem!

In the coming weeks we will share a few of the many beautiful entries including a personal note from the maker. This week: Saber é Poder, Boy! by filmmaker Malìn van Weerdenburg.

Every Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm. Do we see you then?

Saber é Poder, Boy! 

Malìn van Weerdenburg | Netherlands | 2019 | 12 '| Portuguese spoken | English subtitles

Brazil, Recife, the favela Pina: 'You will be born in the wrong place to do the right thing.' Kcal Gomes was told this by a crazy angel at birth. He once found a bag of books among the trash, a bag full of 'magical objects'. From then on, he started collecting books with the ultimate goal of establishing a community library. And that came: Livroteca Brincante do Pina.

Filmmaker Malìn van Weerdenburg tells her story in her first short film and shows how people find their own way if the government has nothing to offer you, no education, no future. It is a loving story about art, music and poetry, situated in a neighbourhood where violence and poverty usually predominate. But it doesn't always have to be that way, because knowledge is power!

Personal note from Malìn van Weerdenburg

I left for Brazil for my Latin America studies. In the six months that I would study there, I wanted to do my own projects alongside it. I bought a camera and brought it with me so I could show my parents and friends what fascinated me about Latin America. Sometimes that is difficult to put into words. I was particularly interested in the Afro-diaspora, and themes such as ethnicity, visibility and social movements. I could not have imagined beforehand that I would end up in the middle of the favela where I made this documentary and that I would become part of a project for young people in the neighborhood.

I joined the Livroteca Brincante do Pina project as a volunteer. There I met the main character of the movie: Kcal Gomes. His motto was: you have to be the protagonist of your own life. He has published a collection of poems and presents himself as "internationally unknown poet" and "book dealer". Moreover, he is a "doctoral student in street philosophy". That inspired me.

In the first days Kcal showed me around the part of the city that the district is part of. During one of our conversations, we stood on a bridge and looked out at the informally built wooden houses along the riverside, palafitas, with the large, white middle-class flats in the background. Kcal said, "How cold it must be in those white refrigerators." And that's exactly the opposite of what Kcal's house radiated: warmth, long nights together full of music, and poetry.

Kcal and I went out and the conversations went, as it were, by themselves. I think this was partly because I myself was part of the project and was therefore in the middle of it. The fairly disorganized way of filming only became clear during the editing of the film; I found out that some important shots were missing, such as a child reading a book. This gave me insight into how I can better handle a next film.

It has been a very important and valuable project for me, and Kcal and I still have a lot of contact. He is an example of perseverance for me, even if the government gets in your way rather than cooperates. With this film I hope to nuance the stereotypical image of the favela; a place that in the news and in the film world is mainly associated with drugs, weapons and violence. This place has different faces. Saber é Poder, Boy! is a story about art, culture and poetry and how these elements help to change the social context. Hopefully the main character inspires you just as he did me.

Every Tuesday evening we post a new short film. Did you miss the previous ones? Now you can watch them back here.