Inside Rio’s favelas, the city's neglected neighborhoods

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  • Published on:  Monday, August 1, 2016
  • The Rio you won’t see at the OlympicsWatch part 1, "2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t want the world to see" The map at 1:23 had previously and incorrectly indicated Rio de Janeiro's location near the Río de la Plata Basin. We have fixed this and apologize for the error. Subscribe to our channel! percent of the residents of Rio de Janeiro live in informal communities called favelas. Not fully slums but not fully integrated into the city either, these favelas are home to both horrific gang violence and some of the most creative and resourceful people in is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Twitter: on Facebook:


  • I am European
    I am European  a years ago +1765

    The guy who cleaned the hill and transformed it into an ecological garden deserves to be minister of agriculture and tourism

  • Fellipe Rodrigues
    Fellipe Rodrigues  a years ago +2350

    I'm from Brazil and it's not only in Rio where the local state has failed and resulted in the creation of these informal communities. In Sao Paulo there are dozens of favelas with hundreds of thousands of people living in.

  • Joãoa Lourenço Affonso
    Joãoa Lourenço Affonso  2 years ago +1199

    I am Brazilian, I lived in rio for years and now I live in Niterói, the neighboor city, the vídeo did justice tô the independent iniciatives for help the "favelas" (now they are called "communities") but I think that they didnt talked enough about all the problems that came with the lack of proper urbanization. This vídeo even if by accident make the communities look like kinda of function places, they are not. It's not just security, comunication, energy, water, trash collecting, everything works bad, that is a while industry there focused in "gatos" ilegal detour of eletrecity, water, satelitte tv and even internet, and the vast majority of the structures in the video? They are build in "risk zones", places that have great risk of slipping when a rains falls and this is the cause of hundreds, hundreds, of deaths every year.
    I know that, as foreigners, Vox has it's limitations, and the video still a great vídeo with plenty of usefull and good information, but still incomplete.
    Ps: And this is because I not even started tô talk about corruption, because ours smallest political scandals could make Watergate look like a minor infraction

  • Anna Sequerra Mariani
    Anna Sequerra Mariani  a years ago +60

    As someone who is from Rio, I can say for sure that the drug trafficking and gun violence are NOT only a fraction of the picture. They completely dictate the favelas and kill hundreds of people, making the communities completely unsafe and creating an inescapable cycle of crime for younger generations. While I enjoyed the doc, I feel like it unfairly created an optimistic outlook on a horrible situation.

  • MichaelJackson
    MichaelJackson  3 years ago +2499

    "All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us"

  • Israel Israel
    Israel Israel  a years ago +261

    The term "favela" comes from native plants called "favella" (Cnidoscolus quercifolius). They are abundant in these hills.
    PS: it's an important knowledge, it was on my sociology test 😂

  • Anonymous Troll
    Anonymous Troll  4 months ago +141

    favelas are a great place if you like witnessing brutal murders and extreme poverty.

  • Stanyslas
    Stanyslas  a years ago +792

    What's up with Westerners glamorizing the slums in the developing world ?

  • Arthur Correia
    Arthur Correia  a years ago +60

    Funny to see this and then you see that the mayor of Rio has been sentenced to more than 80 years of prison last year for extreme corruption while people needs help there...

  • Maximiliano Villarroel
    Maximiliano Villarroel  3 years ago +2674

    This video shows the real essence of Vox. Thanks guys for you great work. This is real journalism.

  • Matt Ci
    Matt Ci  1 months ago +50

    Dude I wouldn’t say their thriving in creative ways but surviving in creative ways. These people are just trying to survive day to day living you’ve got to know that is true. You said it yourself untouched can’t sugarcoat the situation. Dangerous neighborhoods with vibrant art communities provide away for citizens to express emotions of sadness and longing and to cope with the environment. Everyone just wants to survive

  • Misjudge
    Misjudge  2 years ago +345

    I remember a viral video that was about a while ago of a man running and getting shot and killed in broad daylight in a favela while the attackers carry on about their day like it's an everyday thing (which it probably is)

  • PedroOsr.Areias
    PedroOsr.Areias  a years ago +48

    goes into favela
    Dont forget your 15 bullet proof vests, 10 S.W.A.T helmets and your 10 riot shields!!!

  • The Salty Spitoon
    The Salty Spitoon  2 years ago +53

    I think we all seen a spy/action movie where a scene takes place in a favela and the guy keeps running through hung clothes and baskets to outrun the bad guy

  • Pikapetey Animations
    Pikapetey Animations  3 years ago +2971

    It looks like someone didn't know how to play sim city.

  • luizfe torres
    luizfe torres  a years ago +43

    Fun fact: ''Complexo do Alemão'' litteraly means "German's Complex" It has this name because in the 1920's a polish imigrant called Leonard Kaczmarkiewickz buyed some rural terrains in the area wich at the time was called "Serra da Misericórdia" "Mercy's Mountain Range" the local community nicknamed Leonard "Alemão" "German" given the name "German's Complex.

  • Kookie Katy
    Kookie Katy  21 days ago +7

    I was born and raised in rio, I’m Brazilian and I think it’s good to spread awareness. These happen due to the local state failing, not the people. Brazil’s federal government is corrupt, trying not to solve the problem push it away. Trying to remove the people in favelas isn’t going to work. The police are brutal and harsh and aren’t making it significantly better. Favelas aren’t bad they are resourceful. They need to remove the influence of the gangs, thats what causes the problems.
    If they can’t to that then the government needs to understand that they are neglecting people and need to give them better *public housing*.

  • Pedro Melo
    Pedro Melo  2 months ago +8

    bro 99 percent of the gangs in Rio belongs in favelas and is stupidly hard to the government to intervene.

  • Hunter TheHippie
    Hunter TheHippie  2 years ago +6

    Gets Flashbacks of R6S

  • YungDarui
    YungDarui  6 months ago +22

    I love that he's calling a slum an "Informal City"