Pulitzer Center Update

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for Favela Dance School Featured in Pulitzer Center Documentary

Image by Sebastian Gil Miranda. Brazil, 2019.

Image by Sebastian Gil Miranda. Brazil, 2019.

In October 2018, grantees Frederick Bernas and Rayan Hindi released a short Pulitzer Center-supported documentary entitled "Dancing Through Gunshots in Brazil's Favelas" for VICE. The film follows Tuany Nascimento, a 23-year-old Brazilian dancer who established Na Ponta dos Pés, a dance school for girls living in Complexo do Alemão, which is one of Rio's largest favelas. Among the challenges Nascimento faced was finding a permanent space for the school. 

After the documentary's release, Bernas created a crowdfunding campaign to assist Nascimento in raising £5,000 to build a community center in the favela. Within a week of launching the campaign, the goal was reached and currently sits at £9,152.

"Construction on the community center began at the end of February and is finally taking shape," Bernas wote in a recent update on the school for VICE. "This couldn't have happened at a more important time, as right-wing authorities have been sanctioning brutal police violence across Rio, and this building will act as a sanctuary for Tuany and her students."

Nascimento is documenting the construction on her Instagram feed