In his first fiction feature, director Kleber Mendonça Filho explores entrenched social conflicts in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. Neighboring Sounds gives viewers a look at a middle-class community at both the large scale and the level of the individual. Two stories are presented: the neighborhood’s reaction to a new private, independent security firm, and one woman’s need to address her neighbor’s incessantly barking dog.
The Brazilian architecture that serves as the film’s backdrop often carries a historical significance tied to the dynamics of class, race and religion. The natural sounds of the neighborhood also provide insight into the personal lives of the inhabitants of Recife.
Check out the trailer for Neighboring Sounds below:
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