Andre is a teenager who lives in an industrial area in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. A local factory worker has an accident on the job and leaves behind a handwritten journal, which Andre proceeds to read. In doing so the film shifts into a road-movie exploring to the story of the author, Cristiano, an ex-con and eternal optimist who journeys across Brazil in search of work, enduring no shortage of economic hardship but gaining an equal amount of self-knowledge. Capturing the rhythms of quotidian life among average men in the backwaters of Brazil, Araby is an invigorating, humanist work of remarkable maturity.
The second collaboration of Brazilian writer-directors João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa premiered at Rotterdam, Cartagena, Hamburg, Ljubljana, San Sebastián and IndieLisboa, where it won both an Honorable Mention and the Special Jury Award. Araby screens Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23rd at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, followed by Q&As with the filmmakers.