This reflexive documentary video served as the documentation aspect of my University of California Santa Cruz Digital Arts New Media MFA Thesis project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed to be projected in a shared space with two other installations. A bench situated between two other video screens provided a limited perspective where the viewer could watch the entire video without the visual distraction of the video content on the other screens. Near field audio monitors delivered clear audio despite the interference from other exhibits in the shared space. The video plays as a seamless continuous loop without beginning or end to accommodate viewers passing through the exhibit at different times. The video is structured around interviews with volunteers at the Instituto Dois Irmãos.
The multiple simultaneous perspectives are the result of footage being shot on multiple formats (16:9 HD/4:3 SD) for use on CNN iReport and CNN Backstory. CNN Producer Doug Jones requested that I shoot behind the scenes footage of myself making the documentary for a CNN Backstory piece. The behind the scenes footage was shot primarily by students ages 7-13 during the video production workshops I co-facilitated with Ana Dillon.
The multiple perspectives of shaky hand held footage combined with chaotic diegetic sound create a jarring effect that conveys how difficult it is to create a concise portrait of this complex community caught in the crossfire between heavily armed drug gangs and military police.