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The Exception and the Rule - Joel Zito Araujo
The Exception and the Rule - Joel Zito Araujo

Director: Joel Zito Araujo
From: Brazil
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 38
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

On March 13, 1992, Vicente Francisco do Espirito Santo, a Black Brazilian who worked in a government-owned electricity company, was fired from his job.  It did not take long for him to realize that his dismissal was directly linked to his skin color.  Encouraged by his union and a strong Black empowerment movement, he began a judicial process which he won, and as a result was reinstated in his former position.  This informative documentary about an unknown victory illustrates how the courts of Brazil did recognize the company's prejudice and racism in a country where such realities are usually dismissed as atypical.

DVD sale: $145


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