Grita Baixada Forum

Grita Baixada: cinema, human rights and education used as an advocacy tool to foster political mobilization in the Baixada Fluminense region

Rio de Janeiro

Objectives and target audience

Strengthen the political influence carried out by the Grita Baixada Forum in the discussions on public security and in the field of human rights.

Main activities

  • Production of a documentary with victims of violence and their families.
  • Holding meetings on human rights and public safety.
  • Training activities in public schools.
  • Development of communication materials.
  • Photographing and video recording of the meetings.
  • Realization of the first circuit of exhibitions and debates of the Baixada Fluminense cineclubes (film clubs) with the human rights theme.


In the years 2000 and 2010, the structures of political power and economic and socio-cultural gains based on violence have been consolidated, modified and reconfigured permanently. The process that led to this scenario involves the creation of the Death Squads in the late 1960s, Extermination Groups in the 1980s, the election of killers to political office in the 1990s, the growth in the numbers related to drug trafficking, and finally the emergence of militia. The expansion of violence has always been at the service of interests that have never been threatened or interrupted. Increasingly frightening levels of violence lead to ineffective solutions, neglect and abandonment. Operations of war on the poor, pictured as if they were directed at drug trafficking are the institutional answer to this problem. The darker the skin, the poorer the individual, the more segregated the dwelling, the less educated the mind and the greater the punitive discharge that turns the victim into culprit, reduces the human being to indexes and raises the prices in the crime market.

About the organization

The Grita Baixada Forum was born as a space for discussion, training, and incentive to the organization, articulation and mobilization and search for collective solutions by civil society to the social and human rights crisis in the Baixada Fluminense. It was created due to the increasing rates of violence in the region in recent years. The lack of solutions to this issue motivated the request in 2012 of a meeting with the State Government on the subject of public security. On July 25, 2012, in Nova Iguaçu, a meeting was held to prepare an open letter to the authorities. The Secretary of Security at the time, José Mariano Beltrame, said that it was the “first time that the Baixada screamed so loud”, which gave rise to the name of the Forum. The Chatuba and Japeri massacres, with the deaths of nine people – eight of them between 12 and 18 years old – generated a great mobilization to repudiate it and sensitize society on this issue through an ecumenical walk organized by the Forum. The Forum works with political influence, mobilization, and training promoting activities to fight the homicides of Black, young and poor people.


- Human Rights Center of Nova Iguaçu-RJ
- Viva Rio.
- Cidadania Plena
- Pamen Central Human Education Association, Ideas and Alternative Training.
- Pastoral Land Commission
- Public Security Community Council.
- Ação Social Paulo VI.
- Casa Fluminense.

Funding Line

Annual Call for Proposals



Total Granted

R$ 40 mil


12 months

Main Themes

Guaranteeing the rule of law and criminal justice

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