Premio Netflix – Select a winning film

Netflix needs our help to select the best Brazilian films.

Prêmio Netflix is a platform to celebrate and promote independent Brazilian movies. They´ve selected 10 of these incredible stories and need your help to decide which one should be shared with the entire world.

Votes must be cast by 03/10/2016.

Um prêmio feito para promover o talento nacional e compartilhar histórias brasileiras surpreendentes com o mundo todo. Conheça os dez filmes finalistas e escolha seu favorito.

Source: Premio Netflix



The economy: The price is wrong | The Economist

The economy: The price is wrong | The Economist.

A great article on Brazil and its prices!

Why are Brazilians Protesting?

I am not going to go into a detailed account of current events or repeat any of the things people have been posting because that would just be, well, repetitive. As I watch the videos and read comments and mainstream media vehicles requesting photos and struggling to understand the protests, I tried hard to answer some of the questions myself and came up with some conclusions based on what I´ve heard and seen.

Basically, students started to protest because of the raise in bus/transport fares. With the increasingly unaffordable cost of living in Brazil, this just seemed to be the breaking point for an entire nation. At first, Brazilians watched from behind their TV screens as students were battered by the police and vandalized one thing or another. Then came the comments and reactions, the disgust at police violence and the vandalism. After that, other people started to adhere to the protest, people who don´t even use public transport; doctors, lawyers, people who are just dying to express themselves and decided it was time to take advantage of the tide before it died down. The excuse this time was police violence. The police backed down a little, but the people continued gathering, painting their own signs, complaining with their own voices about just about everything that is wrong with Brazil.

In one post, someone, who was praised for his honesty, said Brazilians hate violence, which is why these protests reached such colossal proportions. In my opinion, Brazilians hate confrontation, which is different. They act in groups and hate to tackle anything alone. Brazilians are collective but disorganized, so when they saw such a great opportunity to express their anguish, they took it, regardless of the initial reason for the protests. This is my opinion, mind you, so respect it before you jump at my jugular. To complain alone in Brazil is a sad affair because Brazilians don´t have the legal resources and solid  institutions great nations need to survive.

The government claims it does not know why they are complaining. The protests were initially organized by an organization called Passe Livre, and they are still fighting to maintain the current  public transport fares. So who are all the rest? They are Brazilians who are just sick of it all. You have to live in Brazil to understand the full extent of the problem because governments that send money to Africa and Cuba are supposedly governments of a well-off, stable, happy country. Brazilians live in a massive, destructive contradiction that lacks all common sense. Every day, they get up and ask themselves: if I work half a year just to pay taxes, why isn´t public transport, health and education like in Norway, like Japan, like in Germany?

The Brazilian government is confused because it “helps the poor”, it shares the income, builds houses to subsidize (they should at least be “free”) and gives the new dwellers credit to buy that TV and washing machine they badly want. They are failing to see that the people who are complaining are the middle class, the people who support the poor and the entire system, and that the new classe C they helped to create is facing problems they never even dreamed existed.

In summary, the protests in Brazil are about everything. I was amazed last night as I watched the thousands marching as the newsreader refused to shift from the “police violence” theory. Yes, it is a problem, but the underlying issues are way more important to Brazilians who work, pay tax and get nothing in return, and to the students who do not want to live as their parents do.

They deserve a better future and we have to help them in any way we can.


Restaurant Week Brasil – Japanese Food in São Paulo

Many types of sushi ready to eat.
Many types of sushi ready to eat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between 03 and 16 of September, lovers of Japanese food (sushi) can go to restaurants that are participating in the Restaurant Week, in São Paulo.



You pay R$ 31,90 (lunch) and R$ 43,90 (dinner), including entrée, main dish and dessert.

Participating restaurants below:


Brazil´s Credit Boom Could End in End in Tears – Businessweek

I don´t like copying articles directly to my blog, so I´ve provided a link to this very interesting article. I just can´t believe the Brazilian authorities did not predict this. If they had only read my blog, sigh…

Link to article

Metro in Salvador – CQC

One of the funniest, and sadly serious, news reports in Brazil are from the Brazilian clone CQC (it already exists in other countries). The other day, the construction of the Salvador metro network celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, with all the budget spent and only 7 kms. of subway lines partly finished. If you understand Portuguese, please watch this fantastic news report.

Brazil takes off – Special Report

For anyone interested in reading about Brazil from a very objective point of view, I highly recommend the November 14th-20th, 2009 issue of The Economist, “Brazil takes off” A 14-page special report on Latin America’s Big Success Story.

Whoever wrote this article really did his/her homework, and managed to capture the details only a resident would notice.  There is only one issue I did not fully agree on: the Brazilian health service.

When compared to that of the US, the Brazilian health service is paradise. I have actually canceled by useless private medical insurance because only the public health service offers free medication (which is otherwise unaffordable) and has the exact same doctors you would get in private health care. If you don’t mind the long waiting lists (a cat scan can take up to two months, unless it’s urgent), and the very early arrivals (attendance by order of arrival, which is a lot fairer than the private “someone-else-arrived-late-and-will-be-attended-before-you scheme), you will often be attended by a public service doctor far quicker than a private doctor. I once waited 2 hours in a doctor’s waiting room, compared to the 30 minutes in a public hospital.

Public hospitals and health services also have a far more humane air to them. A mentally challenged (that’s how we say it now, right?) man was found roaming the streets and taken to the Diadema Hospital in Sáo Paulo. He was treated and discharged, but did not know where he lived. They adopted him, fed him, clothed him and cared for him for 6 months, before his family saw him on a news programme and went to pick him up. Would that happen in the US? No.

Anyway, reprints of this great article are available at, or by calling 866 879 9144, ext 168 (from the US).  If you are a subscriber, visit this link. Comments in Portuguese on this article can be found here, and comments on this article from the blog Eyes on Brazil can be found here.

Read it. It’s worth it.

Pub Experience – Casa do Saber

The Cultura Inglesa partnered up with the Casa do Saber for a yummy pub experience.

The Aussie chef Greigor Caisley, of “Drake’s Bar & Deck”, will lecture on the history and tastes of different beers. Guests can try some of the beers mentioned in the lecture.

Start: 25 JUN
Duration: 1 gathering
Date/Time: Friday, 8 p.m.
R$ 0,00 with registration
Note: Register by phone at (11) 3707-8900. Places are limited, so hurry.

More information:


Cheap flights to the US and other goodies

This weekend Decolar announced cheap air tickets to the USA, although it was almost impossible to find the tickets on the website. The cheap ticket sale started again today (19 May) with lower prices, and will continue until the 21st. The cheap roundtrip routes are:

São Paulo – Miami US$500
São Paulo – Los Angeles US$500
São Paulo – Nova York US$500

São Paulo – Montreal US$789
São Paulo – Vancouver US$789
São Paulo – Toronto US$789

These prices can be paid in 6x without interest with your credit card.

For more information, visit

Source: Melhores Destinos

Azul airlines sells passport

The Brazilian airline Azul is selling passports for frequent-flyers. You pay R$899 reales and can fly anywhere in Brazil for a month. The price of the passport went up considerably from the 499 of last year, but it can be a great idea if you travel for work or want to visit cities in Brazil.

You can purchase the passport from February 21 to March 05, 2010, and you can use it from March 01 to March 31, 2010. The catch is that you can´t use the passport on Saturdays and Sundays. To purchase the passport, visit

For more information on great discounts, visit Melhores Destinos (in Portuguese). You can get updates in your inbox if you subscribe.