Zona Norte

Germany 2016, 89 min, color, HD, 5.1. In Portuguese and English; with English and German subtitles. A co-production of Hyena Films and ZDF/3sat with support by Filmfoerderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein GmbH. World Premiere: Berlin IFF (Panorama), February 2016.
More info at www.zona-norte.com – featuring an extensive interview with Monika Treut about the Projeto Uerê, Brasil and the repurcussions of the Olympic Games on the everyday life in the favelas.


15 years after our award-winning documentary WARRIOR OF LIGHT, the portrait of internationally acclaimed human rights activist Yvonne Bezerra de Mello and her work with street kids in Rio, ZONA NORTE is investigating the development and sustainability of the project.
Over the years Yvonne has developed a new pedagogy that helps children who are traumatized by violence to overcome their experiences and the resulting learning problems. The children we portrayed 15 years ago are now young adults. They report from their lives in the most dangerous favela in the north of the city. They are the living proof that an alternative pedagogy is capable to break the vicious circle of poverty and violence.

Favela Maré in Rio de JaneiroZona Norte: JessicaZona Norte: 6 sisters Moraes 2015


Yvonne Bezerra de Mello // Luciana Martha // Liliane Maria França // Marcia Regina Da Silva // Christopher Gaffney // Paula Kossatz // Joice Moraes // Gisele Moraes // Gessica Moraes // Roselaine Moraes // Joselaine Morais // Pamela Moraes // Vanessa Fernandes // and the staff and the children of Projeto Uerê.


Writer, Director and Producer Monika Treut // Camera Bernd Meiners // Sound Tatiana Coelho // AD and Line Producer in Rio Ludmila Curi // AD Debora Guimarães // Production Co-ordinator Rio Arndt Röskens // Editor Margot Neubert-Maric // Assistant Editor Mari von Deutsch // Production Manager Hamburg Madeleine Dewald // Office Hamburg Sabine Linz // Postproduction Co-ordinator Roland Musolff // Art Work Dock43 // Sounddesign Clemens Endress // Translations Leda Lajewski, Mike Trupiano, Colin Richardson // Sound Mix Sascha Heiny // Color Matching Martin Heckmann // Legal Advice Christian Füllgraf // Music Ugo B.de Souza; Christian Schneider; Sergio Mosca & Noca da Portela // Commissioning Editor Daniel Schoessler // Special thanks Gisela Groenewold and Annie Hasemanns.