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Buenos Aires' rough barrios exposed through lens of slum dweller

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 01:32

A former slum dweller in Buenos Aires escapes poverty to tell the true story of life in the capital's mean barrios in a groundbreaking film that has critics in Argentina buzzing. Edward Baran reports.

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A slum dweller from one of Buenos Aires' toughest neighbourhoods has made his cinematic debut in a breakout film that looks to challenge negative stereotypes and build hope for change among the city's poorest people. "Diagnosis Hope" is the title of the film that has critics buzzing. Directed by Cesar Gonzalez, it's a semi-autobiographical story that follows the life of former teen inmate Alex as he attempts to break out of a life of stark poverty in one of Latin America's most unequal capitals. With the film's plot paralleling his own life, Gonzalez said he would not have escaped poverty without hard work and determination. SOUNDBITE, Cesar Gonzalez, director, saying (English): "To motivate myself to make a movie, I worked a lot first. I was studying a lot, editing, photography, camera work, as well as the history of cinema. I also studied for a couple of years at Buenos Aires University and there's everything I read when I was in prison." The toughest neighbourhoods, which litter the outskirts of the city, are known for being a den of juvenile delinquents, layabouts and drug addicts, and media coverage has exacerbated that reputation. SOUNDBITE, Cesar Gonzalez, director, saying (English): "On television, in the cinema, the slums are presented as something obscene, very bizarre, overacted; we're presented as ignorant in the slum. As we're depicted, we are not people who could become professionals." "Some estimates suggest more than half a million families live across nearly 900 slums in Buenos Aires -- Gonzalez said his film finally reveals the truth about these places.

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Buenos Aires' rough barrios exposed through lens of slum dweller

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 01:32