Under the Skin

Na pele

  • João Inada
  • Brazil, Luxembourg, China, Germany
  • 2020
  • 23 min
  • Digital
  • World Premiere
  • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

Complexo do Alemão is one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janeiro. From the neighborhood, you have a view of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer—but from behind. The residents constantly have to cope with either the violence of the drug gangs or the raids by the special police units, which are equally violent and disrespectful of human life. At the same time, there is also a powerful sense of community and resilience in the favela.

Resident Raull shows you around his neighborhood in this interactive VR documentary. Through 360-degree film, 3D animations, app messages, and other creative inventions, you put yourself in the shoes of the residents. The harsh reality of life in the neighborhood quickly becomes palpable when the tour encounters a police raid. As you take shelter in a local bar, you meet other residents: a mother whose son was killed by “stray” police bullets and a dancer who gives ballet lessons to children from the neighborhood in a soccer cage on the mountain slope. Like guide Raull, these people keep fighting for a better life.


  • 23 min
  • Spoken languages: Portuguese
  • Subtitles in: English
João Inada
Diogo Dahl for Coqueirão Pictures
Key collaborator
John Fitzgerald, Matthew Niederhauser
Executive producer
Diogo Dahl, Luiz Felipe Borges, Carlos Diegues, Renata Magalhães, Donato Rotunno, Tieres Tavares, Mario Pfeifer, Roger Yang
Tarantula Luxembourg, Shanghai Motion Magic, Quanta DGT, Luz Mágica Produções, [blackboardfilms], 7 Léguas

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World Premiere
do not touch
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab Demo Presentations

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