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“Happy” Video Exposes the Other Side of Rio de Janeiro

Written by Sara Moreira On 22 March 2014 @ 17:00 pm | 2 Comments

In Brazil, Citizen Media, Film, Humor, Latin America, Music, Portuguese, Quick Reads, Video

Inspired by the ”worldwide contagious happiness [1]” that was sparked by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy [2]“, as can be seen in hundreds of dancing videos from around the world, Brazilian group of video-makers Jeitinho Carioca (“Shit Cariocas Say”) has created a local version for Rio de Janeiro with a satirical tone. 

Besides showing people dancing with a happy feeling, the video also exposes other not-so-happy current affairs in the city, such as the high cost of living [3], the racism problem [4], thievery and violence, as well as the construction works for the World Cup and Olympics. 

Watch “We Are Rio [5]“:

Global Voices has also reported on “Happy” videos of Middle East and North Africa [6]Hong Kong [7] and the Pursuit of Happiness in Africa [8].


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URL to article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/22/happy-video-exposes-the-other-side-of-rio-de-janeiro/

URLs in this post:

[1] worldwide contagious happiness: http://wearehappyfrom.com/

[2] Happy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

[3] the high cost of living: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/30/the-cost-of-living-in-rio-de-janeiro-is-too-damn-high/

[4] the racism problem: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/26/brazils-racism-problem-front-and-center-after-black-teen-brutally-beaten/

[5] We Are Rio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV8pY_tR49o

[6] “Happy” videos of Middle East and North Africa: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/20/happy-middle-east-and-north-africa/

[7] Hong Kong: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/11/happy-hong-kong/

[8] Pursuit of Happiness in Africa: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/10/infographic-pursuit-of-happiness-in-africa/

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