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Housemaids (Brazil, 2012)

Housemaids (Brazil, 2012)
January 5, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Directed by Gabriel Mascaro.

This insightful documentary offers a penetrating gaze into the deeply rooted class experiences implicit in the institution of private servitude, personified by housemaids—an integral part of the household in Brazil. Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro invited adolescents in seven households to film their housemaids for a week, providing him with the footage for editing. The result is a subtle but clear-eyed examination of the entrenched inequality that makes such economic relationships so intractable and complex, and rife with unstated assumptions about power, privilege and freedom.

Digital video, color, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 76 min.