Affonso Uchoa is a filmmaker based in Contagem, Brazil. He wrote and directed the feature Afternoon Woman (2010), shown in Mostra de Tiradentes. Since 2009, he has been part of the selection committee of festivals like the International Short Film Festival of Belo Horizonte and Forum.doc. In 2010, he worked as a film curator for Cine Humberto Mauro, and has been the curator responsible for the Curta Circuito, a program dedicated mainly to the exhibition and discussion of rare brazilian films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
João Dumans is a screenwriter and director based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has curated and organized several film exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, among them Constructing Views: experimental film and video in Brazil, for the New Museum, in New York. He has published articles in film catalogs and magazines as Cinética and La Furia Umana, where he has also worked as an assistant editor, publishing articles on important brazilian filmmakers as Julio Bressane, Andrea Tonacci and Aloysio Raulino.
In [Araby] we try to portray labor and poverty differently than what has been done so far in contemporary brazilian cinema. Born of a literary story and crossed by a theatrical impulse, our film tries to show the ordinary life of a worker in a fable and inventive way, undaunted by the harshness and violence of the Brazilian reality.
The film [Araby] continues in different ways the experience we had in our previous film [The Hidden Tiger] (2014), which shows, with a strong documentary content, the struggles of ve young men living in a Brazilian suburb. One of the actors/characters from this previous film, Aristides de Sousa, is the main character of [Araby]. Together with him, we built the fictional story of Cristiano, a worker-traveler wandering between nostalgia and murders as an old Western character, without any mission but to stay alive.
Through Cristiano’s story, we wanted to say something about the lives that are despised in the construction of the great historical and political narratives. We wanted to make a film that could present a summary of many Brazilian anonymous lives that hang between marginality and labor. In our view these anonymous figures such as Cristiano, are the real heroes of the novels, the epics and possible tragedies of our time.