Inside the Mind of Favela Funk

favelaDirectors: Fleur Beemster, Elise Roodenburg
Genre: Documentary
Inside the Mind of Favela Funk is a documentary about love and relationships in the  world of the extremely popular ‘favela funk’: pornographic music from Rio de Janeiro’s deprived neighborhoods.  Set in Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious favelas, the underprivileged youth share their perspective  on the extremely popular, pornographic favela funk music with respect to their personal (love)  lives, situated in a lawless subculture of drug gangs, machismo, violence and sex.  ‘Inside the Mind of Favela Funk’ is a documentary about love and relationships in the world of the extremely popular ‘favela funk’: pornographic music from Rio de Janeiro’s deprived  neighborhoods. The documentary shows the perspective of the favela youth and aims to find the  relation between the favela funk lyrics and their personal, daily (love) lives, dominated by a lawless subculture of drug gangs, violence and sex. ‘Inside the Mind of Favela Funk’ gives an  insight in the current Brazilian underground music and its corresponding sexual values, but it also shows a search for faith, hope and love.  Those who listen to favela funk without knowing Portuguese mainly hear swinging music. But those who do know it hear - especially in the ‘putaria’ variety - explicit, misogynistic lyrics about  sex. This male-dominated style enjoys a huge popularity in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. But why? 

What do these downright pornographic lyrics say about male-female relations? And what does this musical trend mean for love and relationships in these neighbourhoods?

The filmmakers interviewed the (both male and female) artists as well as young boys and girls about the controversial putaria funk. Their open-hearted answers shed light on their relationships and reveal a lot about these underprivileged districts, where people grow up in poverty, surrounded by drug-related violence and death. In between the interviews, the camera films the typical narrow alleyways and dark living quarters that add visual emphasis to the stories the young people tell about their tough lives.  „We made the choice to only show the perspective of the favela youth, and not involve outside experts or text cards. Our aim is to give a look inside the lives of favela locals in order to understand more of their realities and backgrounds.“ - Fleur Beemster, Elise Roodenburg  „Unabashed sexuality, porn culture, misogyny, violence, gangs: on the hills of Rio de Janeiro, the favelas bring together  extremes. A sometimes brutal immersion into favela funk territory, a music that offer a ruthless reflection of Brazilian youth.“ – Gaite Lyrique

  • Runtime: 76 min
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Year: 2016