"A Mao e a Luva" is the book that inspired our protagonist, Ricardo Gomez Ferraz, to start a silent revolution in one of the most dangerous Brazilian shantytowns. He collected books over a period of 15 years and encouraged dozens of children and adults to read them. In so doing he helped to keep them away from selling drugs, prostitution and crime. In 2008 he was given an esteemed award by Teleglobo for his services to society. Thanks to the work of Ricardo, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture has, to date, funded 514 small libraries throughout the favelas of Brazil.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Roberto Orazi is a 44 year old director, who has worked as assistant director and musician for decades, driven by his passion for the arts.
In 2000, Roberto Orazi made his directing debut with “Venditori”, with which he participated at the 2001 Golden Globe awards, as well as the Metz Film Festival (France) 2001, the Bilbao Film Festival 2001, Fundaciò ACA and Made in Italy (Frankfurt) 2001, all events in which his film won different recognitions.
“Venditori” was bought by Spanish Multicanal, French Canal +, Dutch Kunstkanaal and TVV S.A. Spagna.
In 2006 Orazi directed a unique documentary, “ AIGARMANA!!”, which participated at the 2006 Roma DocFest. Later that same year he directed “FABRICANTI DI PASSIONI”.
In 2007 Orazi directed Presi per Caso’s music video, “FIESTA”, currently selected as finalist at the International Music Awards.
Orazi has also directed many TV and company commercials, amongst which ALITALIA, PFIZER, FINDUS, RDS NETWORK, VIDEA/MEDIASET and AYRTON SENNA FOUNDATION.
In 2009 Orazi wins at the Rome International Film Festival with H.O.T. human organ traffic the Enel Cuore Onlus Award for best social documentary. H.O.T. human organ traffic wins also the Ilaria Alpi Award and participates at various festivals around the world.