What “Rio” Means to Brazil Movie Makers

Brazilian movie director Carlos Saldanha may just have reintroduced the world to Rio de Janeiro. And without knowing it, his animated feature film “Rio” might go down as the equivalent of a Hollywood moon landing.

This time, a Brazilian makes a move about Brazilians (well, Brazilian animals, at least) set in Brazil with issues related to Brazil, like animal trafficking and Rio’s street children even making an appearance. Like Neil Armstrong’s one small step for man, Saldanha’s Hollywood release of what is actually a uniquely Brazilian story might very well get other studios and investors to do the same — make movies about Brazil.

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