Winner of the Golden Shell Grand Prize at the 2019 San Sebastian Film Festival, Paxton Winters' Pacified is a miraculous and transcendent cinematic experience. Evoking the hard-edged and shocking machismo world of the urban Brazilian favelas acclaimed in films such as City of God and Elite Squad, Winters' film focuses on a feminine hero, an introspective 13-year-old girl named Tati, and her relationship with her reformed father Jaco, a former gang leader who wants nothing more than to leave the culture of violence behind him.
Set in 2016, with the specter of the upcoming Rio Olympics creating a turbulent backdrop, Brazilian "pacification" police battle to maintain a tenuous occupation of the notorious Rio favelas. Tati and Jaco must navigate the clashing forces threatening to derail their hope for the future.
Born of a seven-year creative collaboration between the community of ‘Morro dos Prazeres' and writer/director, Paxton Winters, Pacified offers a bracingly intimate portrait of a family trying to find peace in the ever-shifting urban battlefield they call home.
This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.