A Princesa do Beco e o Lampião Cromado / The Princess in the Alleyway

A film by Kurt Shaw, Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva

This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)

With director/editor/writer Kurt Shaw in Attendance

This film was co-sponsored by Freestyle Language Center


A Princesa do Beco e o Lampião Cromado


Brazil, Drama/Comedy, 2016
88 min, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

Severina, a ten year old girl who lives in a favela in Recife, sees something completely different from the slums people see in movies and on TV: a fairy tale of conflicts and romances between kingdoms and princes, where dragons might attack at any time and love is just around the corner. Her prince, Okado, is a break-dancer who has been cast as a gangster in a nightly soap opera. He wants to present an honest portrait of a gangster, so he interviews drug dealers in his favela, only to find that a corrupt police officer wants no one asking questions. As these dragons besiege the alley and tensions rise between warring kingdoms, Severina sees only one way out: a legendary magical fiddle which promises to turn any fight into a dance.

World Premiere

About the director

Rita de Cácia Oenning da SilvaRita de Cácia Oenning da Silva rebelled against what everyone knew to be impossible for an impoverished girl. Later, working with Kurt Shaw, she developed methods to use theater and film to teach other marginalized children. Working with youth in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, and Bolivia, they produced the world’s first feature fictional film made by ex-child soldiers, a telenovela by indigenous children, and an award-winning hip-hop album where children from the favelas protest gang and police violence. Together, they have won the Harvard First Decade Award (2007), and the UN Intercultural Innovation Award (2016).



Producer: Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva
Production Companies: Usina da Imaginação, Shine a Light, FavelaNews
Screenwriter: Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva, Kurt Shaw
Cinematographer: Marcelo Lacerda
Editor: Kurt Shaw
Sound Design: Kurt Shaw
Music: Roderick Fonseca
Cast: Cidcley Ferreira, Jenifer Cibele Araújo da Silva, Carolina Belut, Ellan Alves Barreto, Reni Silva

Print Source: Kurt Shaw,