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Film about homeless people and their animal friends seeks funding

100,000 people live in the streets of Brazil. Millions of dogs also do. Sometimes they form bonds that help them cope with the harshness of homeless life.

New documentary looks at the relationship between homeless people and dogs

Image credit: Production (O afeto e a rua)

With the economic crisis, the street-dwelling population of Brazil has exploded in recent years. According to 2015 data collected by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), there are over 100,000 people living in the streets across the country. All over Brazil, people survive in makeshift homes set up in public spaces, relying on the kindness of strangers to eat and, occasionally, have a shower.

Brazil also has a massive homeless pet problem. It has become increasingly common that homeless humans and non-humans come together for mutual support. This particular type of bond, where two individuals of different species come together in a society that has failed them, is the theme of a documentary film that is currently seeking funds through a crowdfunding website in Brazil.

Called O Afeto e a Rua (“Affection and the Street”), the project is the brainchild of a group of creatives based in Porto Alegre, the capital of the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul. The team includes Thiago Köche (director), Karen Lose (producer), Samantha Klein (co-director) and Humberto Schumacher (sound).

“Our aim is to listen to those people, who suffer with prejudice, and often made invisible by society. We want to show the affection they have for their dogs and we hope to encourage people to adopt animals,” the production teams says on their fundraising page.

Köche is an award-winning director whose previous efforts include a film called Manifestos Porongos, which was shown in several film festivals and is now available for free streaming. O Afeto e a Rua will also be made available online once it completes the festival circuit.

The target of the campaign is R$30,000 (US$7,300). Besides the perks that supporters get in crowdfunding campaigns, 10% of the budget will be used to buy things and services for the subjects of the film, both human and non-human.

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