State of Exception is an inspiring David and Goliath story of human resilience, about citizens banding together against overwhelming forces in defense of their most important life asset; the social fabric of their communities, threatened by forced eviction in advance of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. We’re employing production protocols that combine observational verité with participatory documentary practices. In the style of Direct Cinema, the content is candid and immediate, recorded as-it-happens, the aesthetic is raw and intimate. Through the personal stories of our engaging characters, the audience is provided an intimate window into the social, political and cultural transformations wrought by the mega-events on the host city and its citizenry. Contrasted with the cliché images of Rio’s favelas as violence prone and drug-ridden, our audience is immersed in working class neighborhoods home to inter-generational families and colorful, vibrant culture. We follow our extraordinary cast of characters through the tumultuous few years in advance of the spectacle events, as they encounter a series monumental victories and devastating losses along the way, providing the audience with an intimate portrait of their lives transformed.