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from WIRED

Why City of God’s Director Took On Tonight’s Opening Ceremony

Fernando Meirelles, the filmmaker best known for a grim portrayal of Rio's slums, will present his vision of Brazil to the world tonight.

OLYMPICS-RIO/REFUGEE Popole Misenga, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a judo athlete, trains using an elastic belt near his home in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares http://www.dralexjimenez.com/sport-specific-training/

Popole Misenga, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a judo athlete, trains using an elastic belt near his home in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

from NYTimes.com

In Rio Slum, a Gleaming Hotbed of ... Badminton?

In Rio Slum, a Gleaming Hotbed of ... Badminton? - NYTimes.com

Youth compete in the Sao Carlos slum local soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pitch is just dirt and the incandescent lights aren't so bright. But when the boys' feet strike the football in the Sao Carlos slum as night falls every Saturday, big league dreams glow, inflated by the hope of escaping the shantytown with sporting skills. Photo: AP Photo

from Business Insider

Silva from the favela has won Brazil's first Rio gold

Brazil's Rafaela Silva celebrates with her gold medal following the women's -57kg judo contest of the Rio Olympic Games on August 8, 2016. Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans. Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

In this June 29, 2016 photo, a police officer patrols among residents during an operation against drug traffickers at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. The Pacification Police Units, known by the Portuguese acronym UPP, were created in 2008, setting up community stations in at-risk areas, mostly near sports venues, posh tourist districts and downtown. A drug gang leader called the program a "facade." He said that drug dealers were initially worried and kept a low profile…

from nytimes.com

From Rio’s Slums, a Judo Champion Is Mining Olympic Gold

From Rio’s Slums, a Judo Champion Is Mining Olympic Gold - The New York Times