My final image from Brazil is this: unprompted, my Rio cab driver, taking me to the airport, shows me the home screen image on his phone. It’s the logo of the football club he supports, Flamengo (the most popular team in Brazil), shaped like a heart. And it pulses.
I visit Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, home to the endangered golden lion tamarin, was once a massive ecosystem stretching along the Brazilian coast. But centuries of human activity have encroached upon the forest, leaving the future of this tiny, lion-maned monkey in doubt.
Melissa Block visits a historic section of Rio de Janeiro that pays homage to Afro-Brazilian history and the many slaves that came ashore there. She talks with Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araujo about what it means to be black or mixed race in Brazil, and how skin color still dictates many aspects of life.