One Man, One City, Three Evictions
The story of Altair Guimarães, evicted three times in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over a quarter of Rio’s six million people live in informal settlements, known as favelas, and face the constant threat of eviction as gentrification pushes the poorest residents to the margins. From an idyllic childhood on the edge of a lagoon, through the violent neighborhood known as the ‘City of God’, to the dramatic evictions from Vila Autrodomo in the name of the Olympic games, the story of Altair runs parallel with the story of Rio. He has become a fighter through his life-long quest to put down roots in the city of his birth.