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Music plays. Image of Thaynna walking (5-8 sec.). Voiceover begins.
Voiceover (Gabrielle): What would you do if you had no voice? What would it do to you if your ideas, hopes, and opinions were told by someone else or perhaps never told at all? We live in a world where the images we see and the stories we hear are created by powerful people.
Voiceover (Camille): In Brazil, the gap between the rich and the poor is among the highest in the world. Afro-Brazilians make up over 50% of the population nationwide and in Bahia they comprise 80%. Yet, despite these numbers, Afro-descendants make up 70% of Brazil's poor. Only 2% of Afro-descendants access higher education, and they are several times more likely than Whites to experience human rights abuses, violence, and face barriers to quality healthcare, housing, and sanitation. And when you consider how Afro-Brazilian women factor into this equation, the outcome is even worse.
Voiceover (Camille): While those who lack access to political, financial, and educational resources often go unheard. With no voice, there is no influence, and with no influence, the powerless remain powerless.
I'm Camille LeBlanc.
I'm Gabrielle Williams. We have been studying and documenting this phenomenon in Bahia, Brazil over the last year.
Voiceover (Gabrielle): Because of these inequalities, they are excluded from politics and the media, giving them few opportunities to speak for themselves, define their identities, and advocate for social change both on the national and international levels.
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