Added: July 2, 2016 – Last updated: July 2, 2016


Author: Antonio Marcio da Silvia

Title: Little Adults

Subtitle: Child and Teenage Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

Journal: Hispania

Volume: 99

Issue: 2

Year: June 2016

Pages: 212-222

ISSN: 0018-2133 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2153-6414 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: Brazilian History | Representations: Films / Anjos do sol, Baixio das bestas, Deserto feliz


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Antônio Márcio da Silvia, Department of Modern Languages, University of, ResearchGate

Abstract: »This current study explores three contemporary Brazilian films’ depiction of commercial sexual exploitation of young girls and teenagers. It points out how the young female characters cope with the abuses they suffer and proposes that these filmic representations of the characters’ experiences expose a significant social problem of contemporary Brazilian society: violence against women, teenage girls, and female children, particularly, regarding sex tourism, people trafficking, and domestic sexual abuse. It argues that by engaging with the problem of sexual violence against young females these three films show the consequences this has on their gender and sexual identities. Furthermore, it demonstrates that these are shaped according to their social experience within their patriarchal society, for example, by the latter’s failure to lawfully protect these youngsters against such a crime. The study concludes by pointing out that because commercial sexual exploitation has a huge impact on the victims’ lives, society needs to tackle the crime so that these youngsters develop appropriate gender and sexual identities for their age.« (Source: Hispania)


  Abstract (p. 212)
  The Sexual Exploitation of Youngsters in Brazil (p. 213)
  Analysis of Anjos do sol (p. 214)
  Analysis of Baixio das bestas (p. 217)
  Analysis of Deserto feliz (p. 218)
  Conclusion (p. 220)
  Notes (p. 221)
  Works Cited (p. 221)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of Brazil / History of Brazil since 1985 | Film: Cinema of Brazil