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Alagados DVD's make great holiday gifts

Alagados DVD's now on SALE for $14.99

Order by Dec 17th for delivery by Christmas!

Share Renato's story of overcoming incredible odds this holiday season and help make it possible for other youth to do the same.

Alagados Screening at Fulbright Film Festival

Alagados will be screening as part of the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology's Conference on Sustainability  Sylvia will also be presenting about her work with the Alagados Project nonprofit at the conference.

Friday, March 12, 2010
6-11 pm
Fulbright Academy Film Festival
Delancey St. Foundation Screening Room
600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Buy tickets in advance on the festival webpage. (See heading "Friday night film festival.") Seating is limited. A ticket includes access to the entire evening's film program, with the theme of sustainability.

Its Official

501c3 status has been officially approved for the Alagados Project!

All donations made to TAP are now 100% tax deductible.

The Alagados Project

The Alagados Project is now a non-profit organization!

Have a look at our brand-new website: www.alagadosproject.org!

Update on Renato

Renato (July '09) Renato (July '09)

The most common question in Q&A's after screenings is "How is Renato doing now?"

Three years later he continues to struggles to stay straight, to provide for his family, and to beat the odds that are stacked against him. After the trip that was featured in the film he did pretty well for a while. He was invited back to Sweden two other times, once as a leader for a youth exchange and once as a speaker to discuss various issues of socio-economic development with other youth. Unfortunately, after returning from the second trip, he fell back in to the cycle of drug addiction- but not crime. However, he ended up on the wrong side of a drug deal and, afraid of being shot and killed by the guys on the other side, he spent several months on the run. Eventually, he ended up in a drug rehab program where he spent 9 months getting clean and finding God in the process. When I saw him in July '09 he was just as vibrant and smart as ever, but this time professing to be a devout Christian and working to spread the word to others. His determination to defy the odds is high, and, the odds are also stacked high against him. My sense is that without the promise of any kind of secure employment and without the necessary education, that there are very few exit strategies from poverty for him and he will continue to walk the fine line of existence on the periphery of society.

Bagun 'Imagem Photo Students

Neila, Luciano, Rosi, Taniel (July '09) Neila, Luciano, Rosi, Taniel (July '09)
Neila, Rosi, Taniel, Denise (July '09) Neila, Rosi, Taniel, Denise (July '09)
Neila, Sylvia, Vanessa (July '09) Neila, Sylvia, Vanessa (July '09)

Vanessa, Neila, and Denise are in their last year of high school and studying hard with many hopes for the future. All three of them have their sights set on a university education. Vanessa dreams of going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician, Neila is interested in pursuing a degree in either nursing or in journalism. Denise is already preparing to take the difficult college entrance exam (vestibular).

Taniel is now one of the Alagados Project's Scholarship Fund recipients and is in his first year working towards a degree in Computer Science/Information Systems.

Eusilene is also now a university student, studying Social Services and struggling to make ends meet and pay her bills. She is not currently on a TAP scholarship, but is on the list of potential future recipients.

Rosi is the youngest in the group. She has two more years of high school to go and is doing well. Luciano is now working as a youth mentor at Bagunçaço. Jacob has moved to another community to live with his father.


Alagados: Sim, Não Mau Conduto also screened recently at the Amostra Cine Brasil in Sweden and at the Cineclube Komba Kanema in Mozambique.

Alagados is part of the 2008 Mountainfilm World Tour screening at locations across the country and at places such as National Geographic in Washington, DC. See the tour schedule.

College Scholarship Fund

Based on the belief that education is the key to helping people help themselves, The Alagados Project has established a college scholarship fund to put talented young people from the community of Alagados through college and give them a concrete opportunity to move up out of poverty. Generous seed funding from a private donor was raised during the Colorado Summer Tour. Our first student has just successfully completed his first year of college and we are in the process of selecting two more recipients.

Learn how you can help support the Alagados Project College Scholarship Fund.

Alagados Project Summer Tour 2008

This past summer kicked off with an incredible Colorado screening tour in June. Ubiratan Assis, an accomplished percussionist and native of Alagados, who collaborated in creating the original score for the film joined us for the tour. Events included film screenings, Q&A's with the director Sylvia Johnson and music director Ubiratan Assis, a traveling photo exhibit of the kids' photography work, music performances, and Afro-Brazilian music workshops. The tour got a fantastic response, raised a lot of awareness about the project, and generated funding to support the Alagados Project college scholarship fund. Many thank to all those who helped make it happen!


May 22-27 Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO
June 6, Friday Alagados Children's Photography Exhibit & live Brazilian Jazz with Brazilian percussionist Ubiratan Assis and local musicians. Tennyson Space 3945 Tennyson St., Denver. 6PM FREE
June 8, Sunday Brazilian Beats Benefit: Screening of documentary film Alagados followed by music show featuring Brazilian percussionist Ubiratan Assis, Boulder's own Sambadende, and Bao Bao African musicians. Red Fish Brewery 2027 13th St., Boulder. 7PM. $10 Suggested Donation
June 10, 17, 24, Tuesdays Afro-Brazilian Dance Class with live music by Ubiratan Assis. Studio Soma 2540 W. 29th Ave., Denver. 7:45 PM $13/class
June 11-15 deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
June 12, Thursday Alagados Benefit Film Screening with live music by Ubiratan Assis & local musicians. Tennyson Space 3945 Tennyson St., Denver. 7:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation
June 15, Sunday Afro-Brazilian Drumming Workshop with Brazilian percussionist Ubiratan Assis. Studio Soma 2540 W. 29th Ave., Denver. 12 - 2 PM $25
June 21, Saturday Afro-Brazilian Music Workshop with Bahian percussionist Ubiratan Assis. Carbondale Community School 1505 Satank Rd, Carbondale. 10 AM - noon $20
June 27, Friday Alagados Project Benefit Party
Alagados film screening, Q&A with filmmaker Sylvia Johnson and music director Ubiratan Assis, Music & dancing to the hot Afro-Brazilian rhythms from Bahia, Brazil.
CHAC Gallery 772 Santa Fe Drive Denver. 8 - 10 PM $10 Suggested Donation

We are eager for additional opportunities to expose audiences to the Alagados Project through film, photography, music workshops, and cross cultural exchange. If you are interested in booking a an event please contact us at sylviamariaj@gmail.com

October 2007

Alagados: Sim, Não Mau Conduto nominated for a David L Wolper Student Documentary Award by the International Documentary Association in LA! (www.documentary.org/programs/awards.php)

Several successful screenings in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley have generated enough interest to get the Alagados College Scholarship Fund off of the ground.

We now have fiscal sponsorship through the Creative Visions Foundation.

Alagados: Sim Não Mau Conduto premiered at a the CineCufa Festival  [Cinema na Tela da Favela] in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 8, 2007! (www.cinecufa.com.br)