Garapa

Washington, D.C. Premiere This unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger focuses on three Brazilian families. Rosa, Robertina and Lucia live in variously urbanized areas of Brazil, but all share the daily struggle with acute undernourishment, which forces them to feed their children garapa, a cheap mixture of sugar and water effective at staving off hunger pangs but devoid of nutritional value. This is a degree of poverty relegated to statistics, too often stripped of its human face and of the lived experience of such profound deprivation. Garapa gives meaning to the staggering but abstract figures on worldwide malnutrition. According to the U.N., 910 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger today and the numbers are expected to climb due to rising food prices. Directed by José Padilha.

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