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Book Launch: Viva Favela: Ten Years of Photojournalism, Human Rights, and Visual Inclusion in Brazil

In the last ten years, there’s been a media revolution in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Taking the production, circulation, and reception of news into their own hands, favela residents have changed the dominant media landscape. In his new book, Viva Favela: Ten Years of Photojournalism, Human Rights, and Visual Inclusion in Brazil, CLACS Affiliated Faculty member, Peter Lucas, studies one of the leading participatory media platforms and charts the human rights implications involved with the rise of citizen journalism. He also follows a group of favela-based photographers, writing about how their visual stories evoke the joys, the risks, and the discoveries of everyday life in the favelas of Brazil.

In addition to a talk related to his book launch, Peter Lucas will also screen his new short film made with the motion graphics designer Garry Waller entitled The Mural of Pain – a poetic study on the right to memory in Brazil and the collective trauma of armed violence in Rio.

When: Friday, December 7th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Auditorium of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York, NY 10012

Peter Lucas teaches courses related to human rights and media at The New School (GPIA) and NYU, including “Human Rights in Latin America”, a spring seminar at CLACS. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 for his poetic travelogue documentary, The Amazon Star, which is currently in post-production. His photographic and film work can be seen at:

This event is free and open to the public, photo ID required to enter NYU building.