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Documentary series. This episode looks at the resourcefulness of some of Rio's poorest residents, revealing how favela residents exploit their opportunities.

The final episode of the series celebrates the resourcefulness of some of Rio's poorest residents. Living on their wits, favela residents are adept at exploiting whatever opportunities come their way.

Rosie and her husband Marcos used to work on Rio's landfill but when they heard it was going to close, they decided to start their own business, a recycling centre in their own backyard. With seven kids to feed, they make good use of the items left behind by the everyday folk of Rio.

Down on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, favela entrepreneur Assis has a new business plan, whilst Jorge the sea scavenger rakes the sand beneath the waves looking for treasures left behind by the tourists and rich local residents.

Thamy Delicia is a rising star in the favela funk scene. However, her explicit lyrics and provocative dancing mean she needs to clean up her act if she is going to make it big outside of the favela and win the respect of her evangelical mother.

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Last on

Thu 3 Jul 2014 01:20

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Yaiza Varona


  • Giuseppe Verdi


    From the opera Macbeth.

  • Mark Phillips & Yoav Goren

    Who's in Charge Here?

  • King Brillo

    Yardie Yada

  • Fujiya & Miyagi


  • Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus


  • Kinobe

    Slip Into Something More Comfortable

  • William Jay Bergman


  • Christopher Slaski


  • King Brillo

    Bad 2 the Bone

  • Claude Debussy

    Clair de Lune

  • Simon Stewart

    The Wind of Change

  • City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Raine


  • Wayne Gerard, Charlie Parker, Douglas S Jones & C. Andyman

    BB22: Not Rolling over Me

  • MC Thamy Delícia

    Bota Rasgando

  • Nigel Butler


  • Miles Davis

    My Funny Valentine

  • Barrie Gledden, Richard Lacy & Richard Kimmings

    Alley Catz 3

  • Oliver Ledbury

    Empty City 3

  • Barker & Lomax

    Lover Boy Inst

  • MC Thamy Delícia

    Vou Sentando

  • Orlando Jopling

    Rippling Pools

  • Christopher Slaski


  • Paul Mottram

    Softly She Departs

  • Bill Bruford

    Afro Cuban Groove

  • Robert Bruce

    The Domino Effect

  • Gareth Johnson, David Bronze & Simon Clarke

    Jamaican Punch

  • Keith Nichols

    Voodoo Nights


Role Contributor
Series Editor Sunshine Jackson
Director Edward Watts
Executive Producer Andrew Palmer
Executive Producer Will Anderson


  • Tue 10 Jun 2014 21:00
  • Tue 10 Jun 2014 23:50
  • Fri 13 Jun 2014 00:00
  • Thu 3 Jul 2014 01:20

"From the moment I set foot in the favelas, I fell in love with them"

"From the moment I set foot in the favelas, I fell in love with them"

Director Edward Watts on how he had ten minutes to film the vital shots.