Who is a hero?

Theatre>> Social Problems ÔÇó Brazil

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Five youngsters wearing masks and capes burst into a busy plaza in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Part of Everyday Heroes collective, they are investigating what it means to be an everyday hero, said Tania Alice, head of the theatre school at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The youngsters ask passersby, “Who is a hero?” “Someone who helps the needy,” one woman answers. “Who are the villains?” “Corrupt politicians, obviously,” is the confident reply of another person taking lunch break in the plaza. Gilson Motta of the collective expla ined that the idea is to raise questions so that people themselves will seek, identify and overcome social problems.

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