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Director, Photographer and Editor Carla Shah
Edinburgh College of Arts

Nine months into the pandemic Copacabanca hangs by a thread as Carlos, the news stand owner, waits faithfully for customers who never arrive. As Carlos’s quiet surrounding becomes an observation on longing, Copacabanca in turn becomes an allegory on Brazilian democracy. This tragicomedy, a portrait of unlikely hero, is about a man who pushes on even though his business and country are failing him. While we watch Carlos wait, we begin to ask ourselves about our own condition and what it is we are waiting for.

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