Ana Filipa Alves is a samba dancer in Rio de Janeiro. She dances for one of the world’s most successful samba schools.
All her life she has dreamed of taking part in the world’s big samba shows. And now she can.
The small island of Paquetá is only one hour away from the centre of the Brazilian metropolis Rio de Janeiro. Without noise and hecticness day tourists will find here relaxation in nature and security from attacks.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
The traditional samba group won for the first time in 33 years, beating the runner up by just 0.1 points. Their performance portrayed the human and environmental cost of the Samarco mining disaster.
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