Rio, Brazil is getting ready to host 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. The city becomes a State of Exception, where a government can intrude personal rights and freedom. While the country is celebrating festivals, villages are torn down and indigenous inhabitants are pushed out from their homes. The indigenous people confront violence by dancing, shouting, and climbing trees. They are fighting against a State of Exception.
Jason O’Hara is a documentary filmmaker interested in themes of social and environmental justice. His first documentary short, Demur documented the G20 Summit in Toronto and won two awards. His MFA thesis film documenting the resistance against police brutality in Rio de Janeiro has screened at festivals on four continents and won two awards. State of Exception is Jason’s first feature documentary. Since 2014, O’Hara has been teaching documentary production in Ryerson University's Documentary Media MFA program. www.7generations.ca www.stateofexception.com www.rhythmsofresistance.info