Conspire originally meant "to breathe together". In Brazil, specially in Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the olympic games 2016, this verb has a subtle undertone. I started covering the 2013 protests in Rio as they erupted, during the Confederations Cup, and saw its development until middle 2014, at the verge of the World Cup. Brazil has been, for almost its entire history, an extremely bigoted and socially excludent country. it was not, however, a country of violent political clashes, of direct confrontation. It´s violence was almost always in the background.
The recent changes in Brazil, caused in part by a mixture of globalization, high economical growth and a more workers friendly government - spearheaded by PT in the last 13 years - led to the development of a historical crack in the societal sphere. The country where the tradition was to arrange its problems in the backstage was suddenly forced to go to the streets once more, yet divided.
Conspiracy theories blossom in this kind of enviromnent, rich with difused claims and ambiguous understandings of "thruth" and "lies". Some say there is a Coup D´etat happening in Brazil, while some swear that Dilma´s government is a communist party, ready to implement the Communist Manifesto while playing The International as the new national hymn
Yet, in the background of all of this political clash there is a plethora of characters and people from all kinds of lives that try to cope with this reality. Be it the indigenous people, dealing with a system that treats them as souvenirs and a curiosity above anything, or even brazilian women as a whole, since most are afraid violence against them. Also, the poor, mostly black, almost certain young, men that kill and die every day in Brazil due to systemic violence. Almost symbiotic, the characters they play - Police and thiefs - are almost non-important in the grand scheme of this 21st century brazilian soap-opera. The play must go on, and the crowd conspire in order to maintain the spectacle, not realizing they are, as well, playing a part.