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I went to the City of God: Gringos, guns and the touristic favela

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Artículo de revistaFreire-Medeiros, Bianca. I went to the City of God: Gringos, guns and the touristic favela Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, enero-marzo 2011 vol. 20 no. 1 p. 21-34. Palabras claves:
Cine, Fotografía | Turismo, Ocio
Ciudad de Dios / Favela turística / Rio de Janeiro / Pobreza como atracción turística
Siglo XXI


A regular tourist destination since the early 1990s, Rocinha - the paradigmatic touristic favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - has seen the number of foreigners visitors grow considerably after the successful international release of City of God in 2003. In dialogue with the new mobilities paradigm and based on a socio-ethnographic investigation which examines how poverty-stricken and segregated areas are turned into tourist attractions, the article sheds lights on the ways tourists who have watched Fernando Meirelles's film re-interpret their notion of “the favela” after taking part in organized tours. The aim is to examine how far these reinterpretations, despite based on first-hand encounters, are related back to idealized notions that feed upon the cinematic favela of City of God while giving further legitimacy to it.

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