Partnership between Brazilian artists and the United Nations resulted in a pilot project to disseminate the Sustainable Development Goals
In a visit to Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking African country, Eddi MC – rapper, journalist and member of the open group of musicians "Baixada Nunca Se Rende" – presented the documentary that shows the cultural side of the Baixada Fluminense, region with the lowest human development index (HDI) of the state of Rio de Janeiro and generally portrayed with images of poverty and violence. Directed by Juliana Spinola and Christian Tragni, #BXD Baixada Never Gives Up was presented on 27 July for students and professors at the Instituto Superior de Artes e Cultura - ISArC - and at Café Gil Vicente, an important venue for the cultural scene of Maputo, where about 80 Mozambicans have attended the screening event.
As soon as the exhibition was over questions about the artistic and cultural movements in the outlying areas of Brazil took over the room. Eddi MC, an artist who grew up in one of the cities of Baixada Fluminense (Belford Roxo), said that the documentary is an important tool to illustrate the reality and artistic effervescence of Rio de Janeiro's peripheries.
The Brazilian rapper was also on the radio and on TV to promote the film and has affirmed: "The intention is to make the artists to also come together and do in Mozambique what we are doing in Baixada; Joining forces to move the music scene and take our history of resistance along with the concepts of sustainability and the promotion of the SDGs to the largest number of people".
Fernando Moreira, an activist who had watched the film accompanied with poets and musicians has pointed out some similarities between Maputo and the Baixada Fluminense: "The lifestyles of the communities in Brazil do not differ so much from what life is also in the suburban neighborhoods of Maputo. I hope that the work that has been developed, which is translated by this documentary, can raise awareness of the people and, above all, the politicians, who have a lot of responsibility in regard to the issue of inequality".
At the end of the exhibition, the artists took advantage of the open session to speak up about the potential of arts in the peripherical areas of the country. The director of the Brazil-Mozambique Cultural Center (CCBM) has also represented the Brazilian Embassy in Maputo in the event.
According to Helvisney Cardoso, representative of the United Nations in Mozambique, "this initiative is extremely interesting. We received very optimistic information about the project and will look for more details on how to replicate it here in Mozambique. I believe that the country, like Brazil, has an effervescent cultural sector that must be included in development issues."
Developed in partnership with the group Baixada Nunca Se Rende, the pilot project "Music to Advance Sustainable Development" is an initiative to be replicated in other countries where the United Nation Development Programme operates. Know more of the project here.