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June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a screening of Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squatter), followed by bilingual (Portuguese/ English) discussion with Brazilian activists, and participation of the film director, Eliane Caffé, and participants in the film.

Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squatter)
1h 39min |Drama 2016
Directed and written by Eliane CafféWith Carmen Silva (II), Isam Ahmad Issa, José Dumontand others

Open to all, reservations recommended.

$5 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)Organized by Natalia de Campos for the Portuguese language program she teaches as an associate educator via The People’s Forum. This screening is supported by Syncretic Pleasures, Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee, and the Education department at The People’s Forum. Thanks to Eliane Caffé, André Montenegro and Aurora films

 

Synopsis:

The Cambridge Squatter (Brazilian Portuguese: Era o Hotel Cambridge) is a 2016 Brazilian film directed by Eliane Caffé. It tells a docu-fiction version of the occupation of the Cambridge Hotel in downtown São Paulo. Filmed mainly in the building, actual residents act alongside well-known Brazilian actors such as José Dumont and Suely Franco.

The film tracks the occupation of the Cambridge Hotel by low-paid workers and recently-arrived refugees. It is a large 15-floor building in downtown São Paulo. The residents that occupy the vacant building include people from the Congo, Haiti, Syria and Palestine as well as from many regions of Brazil. With non-actors and established actors. José Dumont plays Apolo, who in a “film within the film” is workshopping a documentary set in the building. Suely Franco is Gilda, an elderly circus performer. The charismatic housing activist Carmen Silva plays herself – in real life Carmen is a leader of Frente de Luta por Moradia (FLM, or the Front for Housing Struggle) and the MSTC (Movement of unhoused people of downtown São Paulo).

Filmed mostly inside the occupation, the camera follows the different characters as they go about their daily routines of cooking food, skyping family members, attending meetings and interacting with each other. The threat of eviction is dismissed after Carmen encourages everyone to throw coconuts at the attacking police on the street.

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Era o Hotel Cambridge é um filme brasileiro de 2016 dirigido por Eliane Caffé. Conta uma versão docu-ficcional da ocupação do Hotel Cambridge, no centro de São Paulo. Filmado principalmente no prédio, mostra ocupantes reais que atuam ao lado de atores brasileiros conhecidos, como José Dumont e Suely Franco.

O filme acompanha a ocupação do Hotel Cambridge feita por trabalhadores de baixa renda e refugiados recém-chegados ao Brasil. É um grande edifício de 15 andares no centro de São Paulo. Os ocupantes incluem pessoas do Congo, Haiti, Síria e Palestina, bem como de diferentes regiões do Brasil. Com não-atores e atores consagrados, José Dumont interpreta Apolo, que em “um filme dentro do filme” está fazendo uma oficina para um documentário ambientado no prédio. Suely Franco é Gilda, uma artista de circo idosa. Carmen Silva é uma carismática ativista habitacional que interpreta a si própria-  na vida real Carmen é uma ativista da Frente de Luta por Moradia  (FLM) e do Movimento dos Sem Teto do Centro (MSTC).

Filmado principalmente dentro da ocupação, a câmera acompanha os diferentes personagens em suas rotinas diárias de cozinhar, conversar com familiares, participar de reuniões e interagir uns com os outros. A ameaça de despejo é afastada depois que Carmen incentiva todos a jogarem cocos nos policiais na rua.

Details

Date:
June 26
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

Paul & Eslanda Robeson Cinema
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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347-695-1095
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