Where Are the “People”?: The Politics of the Virtual and the Ordinary in Contemporary Brazilian Documentaries
In Cinema 2, Gilles Deleuze writes: “If there were a modern political cinema, it would be on this basis: the people no longer exist, or not yet . . . the people are missing.” Taking this claim as a point of departure, and reflecting on the historic importance of the “people” in Latin American documentary film, this chapter examines recent Brazilian films in which the people indeed appear to have gone missing and are replaced by multiple suggestions of collective solitude. Through the categories of the virtual and the ordinary, Furtado discusses the disappearance of the people vis-à-vis a political horizon, while hinting that documentary seeks alternative ways of mitigating solitude and reconstituting community.