Young man riding a horse on a sunny street with buildings behind, monochromatic photo.

Vai Cavalo

(Vai Cavalo)

Every second and every penny counts at the Prado races in one of Brazil’s poor regions. For 12-year-old Dirlinho, racing offers a chance to earn money and enter the big world of professional jockeys. But it is a dangerous and ruthless path.

Nerves and tension, risky bets, horses foaming at the mouth, stimulated by doping, and determined riders who are still boys. This is what horse racing is like in a poor region on Brazil’s north-eastern coast. While the ambitious Dirlinho has been gaining experience and earning money on smaller circuits for some time, his younger cousin Edivan is just learning to ride and overcome his fear. In order to succeed in a world where animals are viewed in terms of money and child jockeys in terms of kilogrammes, they will need tough discipline, courage and a steady hand. How much of their childhood are they willing to sacrifice for the vision of a brighter future?

Světozor Cinema – Large Hall, Vodičkova 41, Praha 1

Harold Grenouilleau, Director
Vincent Rimbaux, Director
Jana Fortuníková, Moderator

Atlas – Small Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

TitleVai Cavalo
Original TitleVai Cavalo
Original LanguagePortuguese
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginFrance
Length66 min.
Tags Children and Youth, Latin America
Director Harold Grenouilleau, Vincent Rimbaux

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