Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:20

Deus ajuda os bão (1991)

Based on a text by Arnaldo Jabor, Deus ajuda os bão continues the adventures of Zé da Silva, the protagonist of A história do homem que lutou sem conhecer seu grande inimigo, who stands as a symbol for the Brazilian people. In this political tale, unemployed and living in the favela, he finds himself hindered from building a door to protect his shack. This problem starts out a journey in which Zé da Silva will go from door to door, climbing the ranks of Brazilian society — the speculators, the intellectuals, the government, the landowners — ending up in the USA, in search of a solution for his problem. The voyage of Zé da Silva sheds light on the mechanisms of power in a country as dependent as Brazil, in which the issue of land reform plays a central role. He returns to the favela with the consciousness that, together with all other exploited people, he has to fight for his rights. Deus ajuda os bão is designed as a farce and filled with irony, accentuating the economic and political drama in which the majority of the Brazilian population lives.