Guto and Graça: Ethnographic films and storytelling

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It may be tautological to claim that ethnographic films are a form of storytelling; one that combines concomitance and linearity between images and words to show and tell particular stories. However, drawing on Guto and Graça, a 9-minute film on the impact of slum gentrification in Rio de Janeiro, I argue that ethnographic films carry the elements of storytelling in Arendt (1958) and Jackson’s (2013) sense. They work as multi-layered forms of ‘action’ (Arendt, 1958) that bridge the personal and the political during the different phases of production, post-production and dissemination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Storytelling, favelas, ethnographic filmmaking, gentrification, Brazil


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