. Built on the outskirts
of major cities in Brazil
such as Rio de Janeiro
or São Paulo
, as well as most other urban
areas. Usually built on hillsides
, and often adjacent to upper-class
areas, where many of the favelado
of the Favelas
) work as maids
. Other favelados
work in industry
or occasionally as university professor
Houses in favelas tend to be small, in disrepair, and lacking running water, sewer connections, and electricity. But some favelas have developed to become little more than unofficial working-class neighborhoods, rather crowded but with essential services including plumbing, electricity, schools, and parks, and even samba schools.
The excellent film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) presents a romanticized vision of life in the favelas in the mid-1950's.