Posted on March 10, 2014

Doha Film Institute Brazil Cinema Showcase in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority continues this month with the third instalment of the series featuring two inspiring documentaries, ‘Only when I Dance’ by Beadie Finzi and ‘Waste Land’ by Lucy Walker. The screenings will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) auditorium on Friday 14th March and Saturday 15th March at 4pm and 7pm each night.

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In ‘Only when I Dance’​ Filmmaker Beadie Finzi follows two teenage dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro as they fight to take control of their own destinies by rising through the ranks of an international ballet competition. If they succeed, it could mean the opportunity to start a new life for their families in a place where there are greater options for the future, and less chance of being drawn into the dangerous world of gangs and drugs.

'Waste Land' is an uplifting documentary that highlights the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Muniz collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

The monthly programme of Brazilian films is presented in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority to celebrate the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, and was launched in January with a sold-out premiere screening of Walter Salles’ ‘Central Station’. The initiative will continue throughout 2014, presenting a selection of exceptional classic and contemporary films that highlight the rich diversity of Brazil’s cinematic history and bring audiences unforgettable works from internationally renowned directors.

Tickets are now on sale at and at the MIA DFI Ticket Outlet*. Tickets are priced at QAR 35 for general public and a special discounted rate of QAR 25 for students.

For full listing and more information, please visit and look out for the next installment of screenings for the coming months.