Aniki-Bóbó

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dsc_4799-3São Miguel, Azores, August 2016

Aniki-Bóbó is a Portuguese film, directed by Manoel de Oliveira in 1942, about poor children, living in the streets of Porto city. The children were “real” street children and the film, a portrait of people’s true poverty during a time of fascist government (that lasted until 1974). Some iconic scenes in the film show the little boys playing at Ribeira quayside, jumping into the Douro River.

These pictures were taken in the island of São Miguel, where poverty coexists with tourism. The local boys having fun at a kind of natural swimming pool, reminded me of the film.

 

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