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How two men dressed as Batman are fighting inequality and corruption in Rio de Janeiro

The future of Latin America’s largest country seems to be getting more uncertain by the day, as a widening multi-billion dollar corruption scandal takes down more and more key figures of President Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party, known as the PT. On March 4th, police took in for questioning one of the most powerful figureheads of the left-leaning Worker’s Party, Former-President Luiz Lula Inácio da Silva. As Rousseff finds herself at the brink of impeachment, the right-wing conservative movement is planning massive protests in the coming weeks to call for the ouster of Dilma and the PT administration. As a result of the political chaos, the Brazilian economy has plunged into deepest recession in 25 years. Brazil’s future it seems, will be decided in the streets.

Tim Pool and director Orlando de Guzman travel to Rio de Janeiro to explore the current protest movement, through the eyes of two comic book fans with a Batman obsession. Rio Bizarro follows the adventures of “Rich Batman” and “Poor Batman,” two mysterious avengers who joined forces in 2013 to protest economic inequality and government corruption, but like the rest of Brazil’s divided middle class, find themselves at odds. Along with his left-wing compatriots, Poor Batman is adrift in the political currents following harsh repression from Rio’s militarized police forces, while Rich Batman found a new home among the conservative protesters, lending his celebrity and voice to their calls of impeachment.

How two men dressed as Batman are fighting inequality and corruption in Rio de Janeiro

The future of Latin America’s largest country seems to be getting more uncertain by the day, as a widening multi-billion dollar corruption scandal takes down more and more key figures of President Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party, known as the PT. On March 4th, police took in for questioning one of the most powerful figureheads of the left-leaning Worker’s Party, Former-President Luiz Lula Inácio da Silva. As Rousseff finds herself at the brink of impeachment, the right-wing conservative movement is planning massive protests in the coming weeks to call for the ouster of Dilma and the PT administration. As a result of the political chaos, the Brazilian economy has plunged into deepest recession in 25 years. Brazil’s future it seems, will be decided in the streets.

Tim Pool and director Orlando de Guzman travel to Rio de Janeiro to explore the current protest movement, through the eyes of two comic book fans with a Batman obsession. Rio Bizarro follows the adventures of “Rich Batman” and “Poor Batman,” two mysterious avengers who joined forces in 2013 to protest economic inequality and government corruption, but like the rest of Brazil’s divided middle class, find themselves at odds. Along with his left-wing compatriots, Poor Batman is adrift in the political currents following harsh repression from Rio’s militarized police forces, while Rich Batman found a new home among the conservative protesters, lending his celebrity and voice to their calls of impeachment.

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