COLLECTIVE LOVE

Collective Love

A Scientific Documentary on Social Policies and Inequalities in Brazil

Research and Script: Nadia von Jacobi

Original Soundtrack: Nadia & the Rabbits

Camera: Bernhard Bauer, Nadia von Jacobi

Cut: Riccardo Scurati

Graphix: Andrea Teran

COLLECTIVE LOVE is a documentary on social policies and inequalities in Brazil. Having been one of the most unequal countries of the world until the beginning of the millennium, Brazil has recently succeeded in reducing both, poverty and inequality through a series of political innovations. Which is the secret ingredient to this inversion of trends? The documentary resumes Brazilian voices collected through 75 qualitative interviews, including public officials of all governmental levels, social assistants, beneficiaries of social policies, researchers and middle class citizens. Their narrative provides a glimpse on how difficult it is to mend the social wounds caused by extreme inequality and which role changes in mentality really seem to play.

The documentary has been produced by Fondazione Feltrinelli in two separate missions (August 2014 and March 2015) during which interviews have been filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis, São Paulo, Campo Limpo, Brasilia, Samambaia, Manaus, Novo Airão, Fortaleza, Sobral, Maracanaú, Salvador de Bahia, Lauro de Freitas, Quingoma and Itapuá.

CHAPTER ONE: THE PROMISE OF BOLSA FAMILIA

Introduces to Bolsa Familia, the conditional cash-transfer programme that is contributing to the decrease in inequalities and poverty in Brazil. The voices of bureaucrats and beneficiaries help in understanding the rationale, modalities and challenges of the social policy, which has internationally become Brazil’s flagship programme.

 
 

CHAPTER TWO: INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONS

Demonstrates how ingenious recent institutional innovations in Brazil are. How can structural inequalities be reduced through targeted policies? The voices of bureaucrats and beneficiaries explain the key elements for the success witnessed in Brazil so far.

 
 

CHAPTER THREE: FRONTIERS OF SOCIAL INCLUSION

Introduces another innovative element of Brazilian social policy: the Busca Ativa, or attempt to include target populations into social programmes despite of them not pro-actively searching for them. The voices of the interviewed highlight the practical difficulties that even very well-designed actions face in terms of scale and when institutional trust is low.

 
 

CHAPTER FOUR: IN SEARCH OF COHESION

Digs into the mechanisms through which social cleavage in Brazil has been reproduced and how new policies directly attack inter-generational transmission of social disadvantage. A particular focus on the educational system highlights the role of opportunities of encounter and exchange between different social classes in order for collective interests to become defended instead of individual privileges.

 
 

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