Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism in Rio's Prisons

September 21st, 2015
6:00 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room
100A Jones Hall

A screening of the film If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism in Rio’s Prisons will be held on September 21 at 6 PM. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the directors.

Rio de Janeiro‘€™s prisons acutely reflect the city‘€™s wider racial and social injustices. They are brutal places controlled by narco-trafficking gangs, but they are also intensely religious places. Throughout Latin America, Pentecostalism thrives in marginalized urban spaces and Rio de Janeiro‘€™s prisons are no exception. If I Give My Soul dives into the social constructs of being an inmate, the role of Pentecostalism in Brazilian society and the relationship between the state, narcogangs and religion in Rio de Janeiro. The film employs both social science research methods and documentary filmmaking to examine the journeys of five inmates as they strive to live moral and dignified lives in the face of intensely difficult circumstances.

For more information please contact David Smilde,

Brazil + People
Martha Huggins
Professor Emerita - Sociology