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Fernanda Canofre

Journalist, with a master’s degree in History, was born in a crossing land in the southern part of Brazil. While wanders around, uses reporting as an alibi to listen and to tell stories about all types of people, in all types of media.

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Latest posts by Fernanda Canofre

22 August 2017

Is Rio de Janeiro at War? Its Residents Debate

A newspaper decided to create 'war pages' to cover Rio's rising violence numbers and cases. The decision raised questions if it does any good for Rio itself.

6 August 2017

A Retired Teacher and Granddaughter of Slaves Gives Her Personal Account of Racism in Modern Brazil

Diva Guimarães asked for the microphone during a literature festival and recounted her experience with how Brazil treats the black population. Video of her talk went viral.

4 August 2017

What Once Was the Main Slave Port in the Americas Is Now a World Heritage Site

The recognition forces Brazil to acknowledge a period of its history that it still struggles to fully confront.

6 July 2017

What's It Like to Live in a Brazilian Prison Cell? Cramped, Dirty, and Dangerous to Your Health

With the fourth largest prison population in the world, Brazil is facing a collapsed system that fails to prosecute appropriately and reintegrate people once they have been in jail.

13 June 2017

How a Case of Vigilante Tattoo Punishment Showcases Skepticism of Human Rights in Brazil

Two men tattooed "thief" and "scum" on a teen's forehead, thinking he had stolen a bicycle. The teen later told police he hadn't, but social media took the vigilantes' side.

30 March 2017

What Role Did Brazilian Mainstream Media Play in the Murder of a Teenage Girl? This Filmmaker Wants to Know.

"Eloá’s story is the story of many Brazilians. Brazil is the fifth country in the world in terms of the number of women killed..."

4 March 2017

In Uruguay, Where Abortion Is Legal, a Judge's Ruling Grants a Man the Right to Stop a Woman’s Decision

"It’s a moral regression for women, for we are again not masters of our own bodies. There's a law, but it’s not applicable for you."

13 January 2017

Old Misogynist Hatreds Fuel a New Year’s Massacre in Brazil

It's a disturbing notion, but much about the man who massacred 11 people on Jan. 1 is hardly unusual, when it comes to gender-based violence

13 October 2016

A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community

"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."

Former Guantanamo Prisoner Risks Death From Hunger Strike in Effort to Be Reunited With Family

"They have closed the doors on me and left me without any solution and this is the only path that I've found."

2 October 2016

The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism

Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.

28 June 2016

5 Accounts From Female Political Prisoners That Recall the Horrific Torture Under Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

A confessed torturer was recently praised in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, creating an opening for the group of people who support or minimize state crimes committed during the 21-year dictatorship.

17 June 2016

As President Faces Impeachment, Brazil’s ‘Royal Family’ Wants to Play ‘Game of Thrones’ For Real

It's been 127 years since Brazil was a monarchy, but President Rousseff's possible impeachment has presented the country's last royal family with an opportunity to appeal to supporters.

31 May 2016

Four Years and an Impeached President Later, Paraguay's Curuguaty Massacre Is Still in the Shadows

"The Curuguaty massacre can be seen as an event orchestrated to feed the trial and the parliamentary coup against Fernando Lugo’s government."

28 May 2016

Uproar, Victim-Blaming on Brazilian Social Media After Gang Rape Video Shared on Twitter

"This reveals a society that is criminal and violent against women, which sees that a woman’s body as made for man's consumption."

1 April 2016

Documentary Film About Brazil’s First Female Black Deputy Seeks Crowdfunding

The film’s producers launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking 6,000 USD to finance the production of 1,000 DVDs, which will be distributed freely in schools, universities, libraries, and cultural centers.

19 January 2016

The Internet Helps an Unknown Brazilian Footballer Beat Messi to Win a FIFA Award

Wendell Lira didn’t have a club to play for when he was nominated for the most beautiful goal of 2015. But thanks to the Internet, he turned things around.

5 January 2016

An Indigenous Toddler Was Murdered in Cold Blood, but Brazil Barely Took Notice

A day before New Year’s Eve, an indigenous woman was breastfeeding her 2-year-old son when a man killed the child. The murder did not get attention in Brazil.

17 December 2015

Do You Know the Story of Brazil's First Black Female Legislator?

More than 80 years ago, Antonieta de Barros became the first black woman elected in Brazil. But she's hardly a household name. One filmmaker has tried to change that.

4 December 2015

Remembering Uruguay's Disappeared Through the Eyes of a Photographer

Juan Urruzola spent 12 years in exile during his country’s dictatorship. He's made it his mission to remember those who were disappeared by the regime through photography.

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