Inside Brazil's favelas and the rise of the new Afro hair movement

Inside Brazil's favelas and the rise of the new Afro hair movement

Beyond Beauty with Grace Neutral – Series two: Brazil. Part two: Inside Brazil’s favelas and the rise of the new Afro hair movement.
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In our second episode of Beyond Beauty, Grace meets a brave new generation of young black women challenging racial discrimination – redefining Sao Paulo’s beauty ideals, through the Afro Hair Movement and reclaiming their cultural identity. From a former beauty queen who was stripped of her crown for being too dark-skinned, to exploring a range of creatives revolutionising the cultural landscape in the favelas – Grace discovers the women expressing individual beauty.

Director Nick Walters
Producer Declan Higgins

Global Executive Producers Eloise King, Ravi Amaratunga

Local Producer Pauline Gras
Associate Producer Kate Villevoye
Researcher Regina Lemaire-Costa

Director of Photography Tom Seal
Sound Recordist Marcus Caparelli
Editor Paul Frankl
Colourist Nick Walters
Sound Mix Guy Chase

Production Manager Lauran Clark
Production Coordinator Laura Carter

Music LAY, 5Pra1, Josbi, Jingle Punks

Commercial Creative Director Bunny Kinney
Head of Production Bree Horn
Vice Brazil Roberta Cunha
Associate Producer Tom Ivin
Researcher Stephen Isaac-Wilson
Junior Researcher Lily Rose Thomas

Head of Post Production Daniel Elias
Post Production Manager Tom Lynch
Post Production Administrator Laura Davidson
Post Production Coordinator Regina Lemaire-Costa
Translator Sara Galvao

Music Supervisor Alex Benge
Rights & Clearances Cristina Lombardo

Studio Manager Polly Williams
Motion Graphics Director Steve Gurr
Junior Designer Rebecca Hopkins

Special Thanks Catsu Collective, Biju Belinky, Thais Mendes @ Squad Models, Rita Lobo, Gaia Lutz, Marie Joelle Declercq

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Comments (22)

  • man of the woods Reply

    The interviewers eyes are disturbing :/

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Trigillo Reply

    What the heck happen to her face…wtf

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Also, the Portuguese renamed the Black Hebrew Israelites Negroes. They are Judah and Jerusalem as a people in truth. The Most High never stopped loving His people. They suffer under Divine curses as described in the Bible books of Deuteronomy Chapter 28 and Levitcus Chapter 26. Yes, the seed of Abraham are the Negroes, not the Zionist Caucasian European Jewish people who are not genetically Semitic in lineage. Do your research.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Soon the world is to realize that the image of the Negroes is the image of the Biblical chosen people. If reading the Bible correctly, it could be found that turning the skin from dark to White as snow is what happened to the hand of Moses who was dark skin. His sister Miriam was also turned White skin from dark skin when she spoke against the Ethiopian wife of Moses. Yes the Bible is about a Black family lineage, not White European Caucasian people. This world is based on deception.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • T Chambers Reply

    Didn't realize Brazil was exactly like the United States.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Thyessa Reply

    Que documentรกrio incrรญvel!

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • jade xade Reply

    At 3:54 ,Whats wrong with her eyes? Why is her cornea brown and not white.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Gods Klanof Reply

    The white-pigs in brazil are criminals and liars.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Gods Klanof Reply

    The white people, the white-pigs in brazil are evil to the core. Where ever you meet them, kick their pig-ass;

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Magnolia Alba Reply

    Do the Twins have Instagram?

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Ms. Goodie Bones Reply

    I remember when that happened to Nyara…don't know how her name is spelled, but she killed those dances. She had been practicing since childhood.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Otto W. Pereira Reply

    Everything Nayara has faced is so sad and we have no doubt about it.
    But half of the population IS NOT black.

    Probably black is the least race in Brazil.

    A movement has increased where make MIXED people denying the other races that they have in their DNA.

    It is okay being called MULATO, PARDO, it is not about whitening yourself, it's about acknowledging the other races your have in you.

    I used to consider myself black. But I have long hair, white features with a dark skin. Why should I just recognize my black ancestry? This is something that some empowering black movements wanna stick in your mind and if you don't your are trying to be "whitened" or whatever.

    This is Brazil, we're way to mixed. We are mulatos, pardos and IT IS OK saying that. Stop trying to convince mixed people calling themselves black when they're not!

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • JacquelinA Sherrill Reply


    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Musician Reply

    They are not black or Afro Brazilian. They are the Israelites the Bible speak about. The Israelites went into slavery according to Deuteronomy 28:68. Return to your God and keep his commandments. They are 12 tribes of Israel and many of the tribes are in South America. READ YOUR BIBLE.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Treasureyourhaya Reply

    Dethroned?! Wtf ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Edwina Gray Reply

    Young people please band together and change this ducked up world that it has become. I apologize my generation let you down, being a child of the turbulent 60s. Integration didn't change anything.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Alissa Burge Reply

    Do you like the old school freestyle music back in the 1980โ€™s of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro in the area of Rocinha? The based of the cities of New York and Miami, in the United States. The freestyle music is based of the ghettos anywhere like in New York City, in The Bronx where the hip hop music started in 1973, the same year when I was born in June 9th of the month.Freestyle is also popular in Miami dance clubs in Florida.I loved the old school freestyle and I would love to go to Rio de Janeiro for all of the electronic music in a lot of the dance clubs.I would be visiting the favelas in Rocinha with a lot of the 1980โ€™s freestyle music of the music cultures in the slums.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Muslim Me Reply

    Flip flop, thieves, and murders

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Royal Lioness Reply

    Brazilian idiots do not even like dark skinned people. To hell with them. They love breeding with white men..idiots.

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Deanna Nalgona Reply

    You are Beautiful Nayara ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿฝjust the way you are ๐ŸŒท

    May 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm

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