A teenager named Andre lives with his younger brother in the outskirts of the Brazilian city of Ouro Preto. After an accident involving a local factory worker, Andre is sent to his house to collect some documents. Among the papers, he finds a notebook with Cristiano's personal writings, which he starts reading. From that moment on, the film begins telling the story detailed in the journal: prison, searching for work, friends along the way, a love of life, and above all work-physical, difficult, and sometimes pointless. Arabia is, on the one hand, an unvarnished look at the life of ordinary Brazilian workers who wander from town to town, and, on the other, a philosophical-political ballad about work and its ethos, as well as respect for the people who perform it. By giving free rein to his protagonist (played by an amateur actor from a working-class background similar to that of Cristiano) and lending his words an almost poetic quality, the directors defend the sensitivity and dignity of their country's working class.
João Dumans is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, and producer. He wrote the screenplay for Marília Rocha's film Where I Grow Old (2016), shown in Rotterdam, and for the acclaimed The Hidden Tiger (A Vizinhança de Tigre, 2014) directed by Affonso Uchoa. In 2017, Dumans and Uchoa co-directed Arabia. Dumans also directed the documentary Everybody Has Its Own Way (2014).
2014 Everybody Has its Own Way (doc.)
Affonso Uchoa is a Brazilian film director. He directed the critically acclaimed The Hidden Tiger (A Vizinhança de Tigre, 2014), one of the most important contemporary Brazilian films. Co-directed in collaboration with João Dumans, Arabia develops, to a great degree, the themes present in The Hidden Tiger.
2014 A Vizinhança de Tigre