Aráby is the brainchild of Brazailian writer-directors Affonso Uchoa and Joao Dumans. It’s the first directing project for Dumans and the second for Uchoa, who helmed 2016 effort The Hidden Tiger.
The story is set in an old aluminium factory in Ouro Preto, and revolves around a young man who finds the diary of a worker who died in an accident and visualises what he reads. We spoke to the directors ahead of the film’s screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
What was your inspiration for making Araby?
Uchoa and Dumans: Since the beginning, we wanted to say something about our own reality, about the lives and the stories of the young people and workers from our country. But we wanted to do it in a literary way. We wanted to tell these stories as an epic narrative… or maybe as
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