Review: SHORT – Nando (Tribeca 2021)


Beautiful, hopeful, and heart-wrenching all at the same time, Nando is a compelling short film that highlights the children of Brazil.

Following ten-year-old Nando, this short film draws contrast between the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janerio and the nearby Marcanã soccer stadium. In the former, families struggle to survive as crime and poverty run rampant. With the latter, close to 80,000 people enjoy football (soccer) in raucous crowds with great fanfare. Filmed beautifully with close-ups of young Nando, the film is tied together with a moving poem read by musical artist Seu Jorge that serves as a metaphor for the dreams and ambitions of the children of Mangueira.

Poignant and impactful through every frame, Nando is a stunning standout of a film.

Rating: 5/5

Photo from Tribeca

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