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COSTS (2018), 20min. color











"A very important and powerful film as it engages with an absolutely urgent issue in a committed and touching way.
It is delicate and it resonates its message deep inside us."


Carlos Falci, brazilian artist and researcher











As a response to the current investment in large hydroelectric dams as a ground to Brazil's 'sustainable' economic growth, Costs addresses the impacts these endeavours have caused on both the environment and people. Director Marilene Ribeiro surveys three hydro schemes that happen at different times in Brazil (past - the Sobradinho dam, present - the Belo Monte dam, and future - the Garambi-Panambi dam complex). The video engages with situations in which the impacts caused by dams emerge in a more sensitive way; for example, when participants of her project (individuals who have been affected by these ventures) draw, sing, or speak about their feelings and their interpretations of their lived experience.

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Director Marilene Ribeiro | Script by Marilene Ribeiro Cinematography Marilene Ribeiro and Michel BecheleniDirect sound Marilene Ribeiro and Michel BecheleniSoundtrack André Rocha | Editing Barão Fonseca
Post-production supervisor Leandro Aragão  Produced by Trem Chic CINEVIDEO LAB | As part of the Dead Water Project, sponsored by CNPq (BR) | Other funds The Royal Photographic Society Award (UK)

Amnesty International ‘18 (UK) | Penedo Film Festival
‘18 (BR) | Mostra SESC de Cinema ‘19 (BR) | Mostra
do Filme Marginal ‘19 (BR) | Mostra de Cinema Feminista ‘19 (BR) | Mostra Cineclube em Ação (BR) | Cine.Ema Mostra de Cinema Ambiental ‘19 (BR) *official selections