Rafa Calil has a degree in Film and directed several projects for cable TV channels, mostly realities and documentary series. Throughout his career, he directed more than 350 episodes. One of his work, a documentary about Funk Carioca was shown on MTV Europe. He also coordinated a film workshop in Zimbabwe with support from the Brazilian Government. At the end of 2008 he founded Duo2 where he acts as director and producer. He recently directed and produced the 32-episode documentary series.
The project is inspired by the principles defended by Brazilian forest activist Chico Mendes. Chico, known as the “Master Forester”, was assassinated in 1988 for defending the Amazonian Rainforest and organising the “Forest Alliance” between rubber harvesters, indigenous peoples and river communities in Brazil. A political portrait of the region where Chico Mendes was murdered three decades ago. Forest People is a documentary about a community of rubber tappers that has managed to both make a living and be effective guardians of a natural reserve in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest for over 30 years.