"Skin of Glass" [VIEW LOOKBOOK]

Monday, September 28 | 6 - 8 PM​ 

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Join us for this preview of a work in progress film, Skin of Glass, the story of São Paulo’s tallest high-rise favela [slum], a 24-story office tower that is a treasure of mid-20th century architecture and the masterpiece of Roger Zmekhol, the late father of filmmaker Denise Zmekhol. Just 30 years old when her father imagined the “Pele de Vidro” building in the 1960s, it was a time of hope and prosperity in Brazil. A military dictatorship took over the country before the building was completed, and for decades it served as the federal police headquarters. Then it was abandoned, becoming an empty and decaying home for impoverished immigrants and people living at the margins of society. Denise discovered the building in this state in 2017, four decades after her father’s death. The film follows her journey to discover her father’s threatened legacy as an artist, as she confronts the harsh reality of inequality destroying the city her father loved. Her personal search forces her to face the brutal reality of a global crisis: one in six people in the world are squatters. The film evolves as a poetic essay on displacement, and her narration, in the form of a letter to her father, guides us.


Denise Zmekhol

Denise is a Brazilian-American journalist, an award-winning producer and director of documentary films and media projects that span the globe. Her documentary films, commercials, and innovative transmedia projects have been recognized for their elegant visual style and deft storytelling. Her feature documentary Children of the Amazon was supported by the Independent Television Service and broadcast on PBS, as well as on European and Latin American television. Through captivating photos and interviews, Children of the Amazon tells the story of struggle and hope to protect the world’s largest tropical rainforest and its inhabitants. The film won multiple awards at film festivals around the world. Denise co-produced and co-directed Digital Journey, an Emmy Award winning PBS series exploring emerging technologies in their social, environmental and cultural contexts. Recently Denise co-directed Bridge to the Future a short for PBS/TED Talks and was co-producer on Amir Soltani’s Dogtown Redemption hat was exhibited on the PBS series Independent Lens.