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1,000 March in Remembrance of Slain Human Rights Activist

Last week Marielle Franco, member of the Rio de Janeiro City Council, was shot and killed along with her driver while returning from an event aimed at empowering black women.  Franco was the only black female representative on the council–one of seven women–and many say that she not only broke barriers but also gave hope and a voice to those who felt they had neither.  Read on for more:

IN BRAZIL, 1000 PROTEST MURDER OF RIO DE JANEIRO COUNCILWOMAN

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating with a spotlight on Gal Costa, a singer and the brave face of a 1960s political movement in Brazil.  Costa was an influential part of Tropicalia, a musical movement which began as a protest to “the oppressive military and the bland commercial music of Brazil” prior to a 1964 military coup:

ARTIST PROFILE: GAL COSTA

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Popular Library in Rocinha Favela Reopened

After a 2016 decision to close a number of Rio libraries due to a funding crisis, the Biblioteca Parque da Rocinha (Rocinha Library Park), a Rio library in the largest favela community in Brazil, has reopened.  The library in Manguinhos, (North Zone) and the state library of Rio, or BPE (Biblioteca Parque Estadual do Rio), in Centro are expected to reopen by May:

RIO DE JANEIRO REOPENS POPULAR LIBRARY IN ROCINHA FAVELA

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Caixa Cultural Presents: O Cinema de Margarethe Von Trotta

From next Tuesday, March 6th, to Sunday, March 18th, you can enjoy the film exhibit “O Cinema de Margarethe Von Trotta” (The Cinema of Margarethe Von Trotta) in Caixa Cultural, in Centro. The exhibit will run during the week of International Women’s Day, almost certainly a nod to Trotta’s skill at filtering 20th century German politics through the perspective of female characters:

RIO’S CAIXA CULTURAL TO SCREEN MARARETHE VON TROTTA FILMS

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Taking a Break From Rio?!?!?

We couldn’t believe our own eyes.  An article naming a mountain range in the Southern Rio State, “A great destination to take a break from Rio and relax.”  **GASP** Break from Rio?  Why?!?

But after reading more about Serrinha do Alambari of Resende city, we began to understand the allure of this little-known district.  It is truly a sight of environmental preservation, a nature lover’s dream.  If, for some reason, you ever feel–we promise not to judge–that you need a break from Rio:

SERRINHA DO ALAMBARI: A NATURAL TREASURE IN RIO’S MOUNTAIN RANGE

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