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Andre is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, near an old aluminum factory. Once a week, his aunt Márcia, a voluntary nurse at the community hospital, visits him and his younger brother to help them with the domestic tasks, while their mother is away.
One day, one of the factory workers, Cristiano, a foreigner with a turbulent background in the neighborhood, suffers an accident at the factory. Márcia gives him first aid right in front of the factory, and asks André to go to Cristiano's house to get his documents and some clothes. When André arrives there, he finds by chance a mysterious notebook, which he starts to read.
André discovers that Cristiano started writing this notebook for the factory's theater group, where these workers were asked to write down something about their lives. But Cristiano couldn’t stop writing. As a fairy tale, the film divides itself, and plunges into Cristiano's life. And what we see and listen from this point on is the epic story of the latter’s life - a worker's life whose happiness and sufferings reveal from another point of view the story of Brazilian social and economic development in the last ten years.

Director's Statement

In ARABY we try to portray labor and poverty differently than what has been done so far in contemporary brazilian cinema. Born of a literary story and crossed by a theatrical impulse, our film tries to show the ordinary life of a worker in a fable and inventive way, undaunted by the harshness and violence of the Brazilian reality.
The film ARABY continues in different ways the experience we had in our previous film THE HIDDEN TIGER (2014), which shows, with a strong documentary content, the struggles of five young men living in a Brazilian suburb. For ARABY, we decided to deal with the same universe but in a more fictional way, so we wrote the story of Cristiano, a worker-traveler wandering between nostalgia and murders as an old Western character, without any mission but to stay alive.
Through Cristiano's story, we wanted to say something about the lives that are despised in the construction of the great historical and political narratives. We wanted to make a film that could present a summary of many Brazilian anonymous lives that hang between marginality and labor. In our view, these anonymous figures such as Cristiano are the real heroes of the novels, the epics and possible tragedies of our time. 5



    Vitor Graize