Investigative report about the reality in which more than one million Brazilians who do not have access to electricity live. Investigation based on reports from interviewees who are victims of the lack of public service in a country with one of the largest energy matrixes in the world, and based on cross-referencing the data collected, we went to isolated communities in cities in the interior of Brazil to translate the numbers into stories of people who live as if they had stopped in time.
The reportage traveled for 22 days through two of the most isolated and unassisted by public policies regions in the country. The social impact was very strong because it showed the rest of Brazil a reality that the country was unaware of. Entire populations living as if it were the Middle Ages, by candlelight, without access to a basic and essential right. The publication reached an audience of millions of viewers on television and social networks. The theme caused a commotion and was discussed in groups and social networks as well. In the communities we visited, residents reported that they had been approached by others looking to help them.
1 – To give visibility to populations in Brazilian communities who live in the dark, without access to information and technology.
2 – Bring to the attention of the authorities of the public powers about cases of corruption involving the supply of electricity to more than a million Brazilians, also provoking the opening of investigative processes by institutions such as the Public Ministry.
3 – Raise awareness of the importance of energy distribution and the correct use and full development of the country, showing the socioeconomic disparity that exists between communities that do not have the service and those that do.
Tools and technologies: such as notebook, gopro hero 7 type cameras, osmo pocket, CAMERA PXW model cameras, external HD memory, powerbank, 128 gb and 64 gb SD cards for file and battery storage, light panels, lapel microphones.
Technologies: Internet via cable, LIVE U, WIFI, GoolgeDrive, Wetransfer, excel spreadsheets, google maps, google street for locations, waze and others.
For some remote interviews, I used applications like zoom, microsoft teams, skype.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The most difficult thing was to do the research in the regions where electricity was lacking, because they are very distant, poor and isolated regions. We had to travel for many days, by river, in precarious and risky vessels, to reach the communities in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon to show how people live in the communities where electricity never arrived. We needed to translate the data into numbers and to do this we had to go there. But for this we had to face many challenges, such as threats, persecutions by local politicians, biological threats as well, storms, violence, and the lack of structure in the region because it is a forest, everything is very scarce.
What can others learn from this project?
A deep investigative work that was based on hard data, translated it to transform a timeless agenda into a factual one, which can yield several topics for discussion. Which can bring several perspectives of leads. Which is a complex subject, that shows us from the exploitation of human rights, corruption, racism, social and economic inequality, the exploitation of natural resources… All this, in a single project that condensed a complex range of data from a single theme.