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Favela 1
Maria Avila

The Favelas, based in Rio de Janeiro, are something that always intrigued me, as people live in general on the most beautiful hill, enjoying the most beautiful landscapes, sometimes better view that the ones who live in apartments, and the houses are made from cardboard, and other materials they find, but they never come down.
It was already reason for architects from different countries to research.
At night it is like a Christmas tree.
People who live there are in general workers, but it also is a place where the drug dealers live and hide, as cars can´t go up there, so it is difficult the police go after them. And the fight we usually see on TV is between the chief of a gang, who wants to keep the domain in some areas. It is one of our big social problems. But there are many honest workering people living at the Favelas.
When carnival comes, they all mix together to play on parade, rich and poor,in one peaceful and unique party. We have some VIP persons that grew up in favela.
Inspired by what I know I wanted to show the beautiful part of Favela, where the solidarity never fails.

Maria Avila
from Juiz de Fora - MG - Brazil

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