Brazilian movie at Hot Docs:In the Shadow of the Hill


World Premiere at Hot Docs on May 1, 2016

Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Festival – From April 28- May 8, 2016

BRAFFTV is co-presenting the documentary In the Shadow of the Hill, directed by Dan Jackson.

By Leila Monteiro Lins

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL is a timely and relevant feature length documentary that serves compelling evidence as to the extent of crime and corruption in modern day Brazil. Helmed by first-time director Daniel Jackson, the film puts the spotlight on the spirit of solidarity and resilience of the residents of Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela – where one man’s disappearance galvanizes an inspiring movement to rally against the ruthless state oppression.

David versus Goliath story is inspired by the disappearance of Amarildo, a brick layer and father of 6 who became the face of the fight against government corruption and police violence in Brazil. The protest mounted by his family and favela spread across Brazil and led to an international outcry, coinciding with one of the largest civil uprisings in Brazilian history. Ten members of the military police were eventually charged and convicted of the torture and murder of Amarildo.

Utilizing inquisitive, roving camerawork interspersed with candid personal accounts – Jackson explores the many shocking transgressions that link Rio’s elite police battalion to the suspicious disappearances and human rights abuses, in a flawed political system that criminalizes poverty.

Director/Producer Dan Jackson is a linguist, writer and classical guitarist. He honed his directorial and cinematography skills in the Australian TV commercial industry before moving onto long form work. IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL is his feature documentary debut.


Young black males make up the majority of the 38,000 disappearance.

The population of Rocinha has been estimated to be anywhere between 70,000.

Rocinha is nestled in between two of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city.

For three decades Rocinha was under the control of a heavily armed drug.


Sunday, May 1: 4h30PM – TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 3

Monday, May 2 : 8h45PM – TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 4

Friday, May 6: 9h15PM – SCOTIABANK Theatre 7

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Source: Hot Docs

Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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