Both movies spend much of their runtime in particular “slums” – poorer neighborhoods usually characterised by overcrowding and poor living conditions.
“It was a boom, no one expected it.” UK NGO Tourism Concern puts the number of tourists visiting Rocinha (the most tourist-friendly of Rio’s favelas) at around 40,000 visitors per year, making it the fourth most visited “attraction” in Rio.
(Tourism Concern also found that the number of tourists visiting Mumbai’s Dharavi slum doubled after the release of .
Through both narrative and aesthetical choices, these films imbue their impoverished settings with so much sensorial richness that the slum ends up figuring as a character in their own right.
Audiences have lapped up these depictions with zeal, with thousands each year converting their armchair fascination into action by visiting these low-income locations as part of guided “slum tours”.