Amid ongoing drug gang wars in Rio's favelas, one woman is giving hope to the children of Complexo do Alemao.
Brazilian ballerina Tuany Nascimento grew up here. The 23-year-old started dancing herself when she was five, hoping to become a professional one day and competed at the world’s biggest gymnastics event Switzerland. Needing to support her family, she eventually gave up her dreams and got a job instead.
Many victims of the narco fights and stray police bullets are children and teenagers. To get girls in the Alemao slum away from gangs and guns, Tuany Nascimento teaches them ballet.
Filmed by Johannes Musial and Rudá Capriles
Executive Producer: Andrew Phillips