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The life and death of Marielle Franco

A short film about the life and death of the Brazilian activist will be shown in London on Friday 21 June.


Michelle Gooden-Jones


Marielle Franco was a feminist, politician and human rights activist, who was assassinated on March 14th 2018.

Franco had been an outspoken critic of police brutality, extrajudicial killings, gender violence and reproductive rights.

On 13 March 2018, the Brazilian activist spoke out on Twitter against police violence in Rio de Janeiro, stating: “Another homicide of a young man that could be credited to the police. […] How many others will have to die for this war to end?” The next day, Franco attended a round-table discussion titled, “Young Black Women Moving [Power] Structures”.

Less than two hours after leaving the round-table, she and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were fatally shot by two men who were driving another car.

The men fired nine shots, four of which struck Franco – three in her head and one in her neck.

The life and death of Marielle Franco”, the short film by Al Jazeera journalist, Juliana Rufus, will explore whether the killers who wanted to silence Marielle, got it wrong.

The rage and grief that followed her death was global and triggered a series of investigations that began to shed light on the rule of Rio de Janeiro’s paramilitary militias – and their links to the security forces.

On the anniversary of her death, Al Jazeera’s People & Power travelled to Rio de Janeiro to find out if Brazil’s new right-wing government is serious about finding Franco’s killer, and more importantly, the person who ordered her killing.

Date: Friday Jun 21, 2019. Time: 8 pm. Location: Sands Films, 82 Saint Marychurch Street, London, SE16 4HZ.

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