Artistically it is not creative yet it suggests some important questions on the changing trends of tourism. One question is that to what extent can visiting and taking pictures of these slums be accepted as a "real" contact with the authentic culture and local people?
As chaotic as the favelas themselves. It doesn't seem to have any structure - just random footage and a couple of short "interviews". Ironically enough, it doesn't explore or explain the nature of these places any deeper than a typical tourist experience would give... Actually, I am not even sure if the document is about the favelas or the tourists.
I visited this very favela with a charity. This film is quite representative of the debates going on (except interviewing Scott the Project Favela founder- he is such a fraud and talks ****). the subtitles are kinda dodgy but you get the gist. Having been there in person, it's a good on the ground perspective. And yes it is swarming with gringos and it's really embarrassing.
I liked the fact that the director showed different points of view about this complex phenomenon. But what I realized with this documentary is that in this case concept of tourism is nothing but to sell ''authenticity'' which is used partially as a facade that hides the reality of living day to day in a Favela.
The closing text basically explains it all. I wish the filmmakers were actually harsher on those so-called tourists, who treat the favela like interactive museum pieces, except they're also psychologically affecting the people in these communities. The kids may have fun, but how does this affect what they think of themselves as they grow up? The short is a great discussion starter.