In the Shadow of the Copacabana

Ricardo Gama lives imprisoned in his own home, the internet being his only access to the outside world. For several days the attorney does not leave his flat, which is located at the Copacabana. On his blog he writes and reports about politics, corruption and criminal activities in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, he only barely survived an assassination attempt in 2011, in which he suffered two shots to the head.

A year later, Ricardo is running for the City Council of Rio de Janeiro. He sees these elections not only as a way into politics, but a path to freedom, also. While Ricardo runs his campaign on the Internet, rival politicians are fighting for every vote on the streets with music and dancers. Through this single destiny a dark side of Brazil is depicted, a world the public has not yet known.
A documetary by Denize Galiao, Germany 2014.


Winner of the FFF Documentary Talent Award@DOK.fest Munich 2014.

Directed by Denize Galiao
DOP: Jonas Spriesterbach
Music: Arash Safaian