This story is about the group's first independent film "The Blind, The Devil and The Good Jesus", shot in 4 days with virtually no money.
The cinema group Nos
do Cinema, created to train the kids for City of God, became their base to
learn the cinema language and project them in the film industry. Professional
film-makers joined the group as volunteers to help the kids out. Donations
were made towards the production costs.
“In the historic cobblestone district of Santa Theresa, a hilly enclave away from the famed beaches of Rio de Janeiro, a group of young men are attending a film class in the top floor room of a rambling colonial villa. Aged in their teens and 20s, they shuffle in wearing sandals, shorts and scruffy T-shirts and take their places on the smooth parquet floor. Today, their ‘teacher’, the film and documentary-maker Katia Lund, is giving them a crash course in the harsh realities of the film industry. “You’ve had a lucky break,” she says, “but it’s not going to be like this every day.” The kids listen with a mixture of focused intensity and fidgeting disinterest. Then they excitedly begin planning the short film they will soon be shooting in Rocinha favela.” - Douglas Rogers.