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Rio Breaks - (Mr Bongo Films) (2009) [DVD]

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  • Directors: Justin Mitchell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VMBM78
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Surfing at Rio de Janeiro's Arpoador Beach is a way of life with its own community and specific rituals, such as showing young surfers Fabio and Naama, the secret breaking points on the seafront. The surfers, trainers and the children, all come from the hills of Rio in shantytowns called favelas. In a city which bears it class divide on its very topography, the beach serves as an authentic melting point where people across class and age barriers can meet and gather. It provides the closest normal life Fabio and Naama can share. Fabio, having lost his father to the gang war which terrorizes the favelas, finds succor through the help of his friends at the Arpoador Beach Surfing Club.

Based on a 2004 article by Vince Medeiros for Surfer's Path magazine, Rio Breaks eschews the conventional sports documentary narrative. It places surfing in relation to what it means to people in their daily life. Working as his own cinematographer, director Justin Mitchell makes use of digital video to intimately convey the society and world of two close childhood friends bonded by their love for surfing, their desire for escape and search for a better world.

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Gentle, touching and beautifully captured, this is the best surfing documentary since Riding Giants --Total Film

A poignant study of the Rio kids who see breaking waves as the only escape from a short life of crime with a favela drug gang --Empire

Moving... a new wave of real life films --Mirror4/5

A poignant study of the Rio kids who see breaking waves as the only escape from a short life of crime with a favela drug gang --Empire

Moving... a new wave of real life films --Mirror4/5

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Although I know absolutely nothing about surfing, I can tell you that Justin Mitchell's documentary Rio Breaks gives us a different look on the sport. Taking place on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, we get a peek at what it is like living in Brazil. Rio Breaks shows us what it is like from the perspective of young people, mostly focusing on two young boys (Fabio and Naama) that get interested in surfing.

As this film shows us, there are those that come from the hills and those that come from the concrete, but on the beach they are pretty much all equal. The hills are poorer and drug trafficking is the temptation that young people there must resist. Easy money and a young death isn't completely appealing, so some do see other options. Fabio and Naama see surfing as a way to a better life for themselves and their families.

Although getting into the sport isn't easy, there is a surfing club that mentors the kids. The club provides them with free lessons and even lets them use their boards. The mentors know it isn't easy for these kids and wants to help them out as much as they can. With Fabio being just thirteen and Naama being just twelve, they make mistakes and still have a long way to go in their maturity, causing a lot of their own problems too. As you will see for yourself, that while they are friends, they also fight a lot and could do more to help each other out.

While a few parts are narrated in English, all of those interviewed speak Portuguese (with English subtitles), so I would consider this a Brazilian movie. We are taken into another culture and life for a short while with Rio Breaks. Albeit not everything is pleasant, the message of hope is quite inspiring.
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From what I saw in the critics, I was waiting for something way much better! It is not bad, but some parts seem a little bit fake for a documentary. Hard to tell if director told guys to say that or the guys were simply exagerating.
As a Brazilian, it sucks a bit to hear some stuff, like if it was a common thing for people to leave work earlier to go surfing. It lost my credibility at this point.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary 15 Jun. 2011
By TyDarrow - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie is put together well. It takes two kids from the hills of Rio and lets you see the world they live in. I thought it was rather intense at times just trying to imagine yourself in their shoes. I recommend the movie "city of god" for anyone that has not scene it. It will give you a look into what these kids in "Rio Breaks" are afraid of getting themselves into.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Jan. 2015
By carolina davies - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a good movies despite being a bit sad to see the chocking brazilian reality.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film 6 July 2014
By Skip - Published on Amazon.com
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Good movie and gives an interesting prospective of life in the hills of Rio.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Nov. 2014
By Josef Piehler - Published on Amazon.com
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everything ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary! 15 Nov. 2010
By Julie from Santa Cruz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great documentary about the favelas in Rio and the importance of sports (specifically soccer) in keeping kids off the streets, out of the hands of drug lords and in school.
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