Cinema Morocco /
Cine Marrocos, an opulent cinema palace in São Paulo, first opened its doors to the public in 1951. 3 years later, the lavish 12-floor venue was rightfully chosen to host Brazil’s first film festival. Over the years, the place was neglected, abandoned and invaded, becoming a squat for thousands of homeless immigrants and refugees from dozens of different countries. Members of the community that now calls the building home found a place for themselves in an acting workshop. Together, they recreate iconic scenes from the classics that once graced the cinema’s silver screen. To express themselves on stage, they incorporate their own experiences of war, poverty, and violence into the reenactments. The fusion of Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, Deborah Kerr, and the actor-squatters’ stories creates a new and powerful drama.