In Brazil there is a law which says that if you can prove that you spent more than five years inhabiting an unclaimed lot it belongs to you.
The Jacarê neighborhood in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro was an important industrial area. However for the past 25 years factories have been closing one after another.
On the other hand, for the past 25 years the rate of inflation has been increasing in Brazil, and for the past 3 years it has increased so much that many people can't afford to pay their rent anymore.
Therefore they started to squat in those old factories. The government of Rio de Janeiro is willing to destroy those old factories and replace them with new social housing projects. However this process is taking too long and the people who live in these places get sick easily, have trouble sleeping, or develop mental illness.
The project's initial aim was to enter the old factories and tell the story of each person photographed in order to raise awareness worldwide of their hardships and dispel prejudices about them. These people work, they take care of their families. My Brazilian friend and sociologist Douglas Khayat, who was already working inside the community, would record their stories while I would take their portrait. After creating a blog Douglas Khayat and I decided to publish a book to officially create a hard copy of the project and thereby increase its exposure. We are now counting on you to help us bring this important project to life and show the world that we can make a difference.
Whereas Brazil spent almost 10 billion dollars on the World Cup, we have to show Brazil that its true priorities lay elsewhere and that the government has the power and money to achieve what they promised.