Estado de Exceção / State of Exception

A film by Jason O’Hara

This film was screened as a part of the 2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21)

This feature was preceded by the short film Abigail


Estado de Exceção


Brazil/Canada, Documentary, 2017
89 min, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, a community of self-described “urban Indians” is threatened with forced eviction to make way for a stadium named after the original Indigenous inhabitants of the territory (the Marakana). As the mega-events begin threatening a number of other communities with displacement, residents unite to fight back in defense of their constitutional rights, temporarily suspended under a “state of exception.” This character driven story was filmed over the course of 6 years, utilizing production protocols that combine observation verité with participatory documentary practices and citizen journalism.

US Premiere


Jason O'HaraJason O’Hara is a documentary filmmaker interested in themes of social and environmental justice. His footage has been featured on the CBC’s NATURE OF THINGS and THE FIFTH ESTATE, TVO’s WHY POVERTY Series, in a number of theatrical documentaries, and on television news in Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA. His first documentary short DEMUR was recipient of a Canadian Cinema Editors Award. RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE, Jason’s MFA thesis film has screened in festivals on four continents and has received two international festival awards.



Producer: Jason O’Hara
Production Companies: Seven Generations
Cinematographer: Jason O’Hara
Editor: Katharine Asals, Jason O’Hara
Sound Design: Edgardo Moreno
Music: Edgardo Moreno

Print Source: Jason O’Hara,