Giros Projetos Audiovisuais Ltda.  presents

Boy 23 - The Forgotten Boy of Brazil

2016 · 79 min
pt, en
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4.5 rating
4 Screenings
82 audience
24.1 K total aud.

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The film follows the research of historian Sidney Aguilar, beginning with the discovery of bricks marked with Nazi swastikas on a farm in the countryside of São Paulo. It reveals something really frightening: during the 1930's, fifty black boys were taken from an orphanage in Rio de Janeiro and led to the farm where the bricks had been found. There, they were identified by numbers and subjected to slave labor by a family that was part of the political, military and economic elite of the country. This family did not hide their affinity for the Nazi ideology. Two survivors from this Brazilian tragedy, Aloísio Silva (the "boy 23") and Argemiro Santos, as well as the family of José Alves de Almeida (known as 'Two'), reveal their stories for the first time.

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Melhor documentário pelo voto popular e Júri do Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro, Melhor documentário pelo Black Film International de Montreal, Prêmio de Melhor Pesquisa – RECINE – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Arquivo - 2017, Prêmio de melhor roteiro e montagem no 26º Festival IberoAmericano Cine CE, Prêmio de melhor roteiro e montagem no 2º Festival Internacional Arquivo em Cartaz, Prêmio Margarida de Prata de melhor longa 2017
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Contains: Violence

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