“Since we don’t have wings, we fly kites.”

This is a short documentary about kite-flying in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It’s in Portuguese, with English subtitles. Warning: there are a couple of swear words.

The video description on Vimeo:

“After futebol, soltar pipas, is Brasil’s most popular sport. In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying the pipa is more than a leisurely escape from on-the-ground realities—it’s a venue for battle, with the entire sky as the arena. Pipa designs and airborne “cutting” strategies have been passed through generations, from rooftop to rooftop. Filmmakers Guilherme Tensol and Leandro HBL spent time in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela, among its young pipa warriors and elder statesmen, absorbing their secrets and documenting their stories.”

One discussion question to get you started:

Why do people play games?

Now try to make your own discussion questions.

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