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"Daniel B. Case" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 5 Feb 1994 13:39:59 -0500
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If you want "real" life, see PIXOTE, directed by Hector Babenco,
which has to do with street children in Brazil.
In both films, the children actors were street children.  The
child in PIXOTE died from a knife wound several years after the
film was made.
Maira Nair relates that her production company attempted to help
the children who appeared in her film, e. g., setting up savings
accounts for them.
The lead in her film had been either sold or apprenticed by the
family before becoming a street child.  After the film was made,
the child returned home to tell of his film experience, but was
beaten, according to the story, for lying.
What about Luis Bunuel's LOS OLVIDADOS.
In the same vein in the US, I'm surprised no one's mentioned "Suburbia", a 1984
film by Penelope Spheeris, who later did "Wayne's World". A grim, almost
documentary-like story of a bunch of runaways/throwaways who live in an
abandoned house and hang out at hardcore punk shows at night. Definitely worth
Daniel Case                            State University of New York at Buffalo
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