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VIDEO "The Conditioned": An uplifting tale from Sao Paolo

Published December 19, 2014 by Nick Dall

Would you  take the time to speak to the filthy, dread-locked homeless man who scribbles in a ragged notebook and sleeps under a pile of rags on a traffic island near your home? If you're anything like me, the answer is probably 'no'.
But what if you did speak to him, ask him about his hopes and dreams? What if it turned out he was actually an accomplished poet, whose one vain hope was to publish his verses so that all the world could read them?
Shalla Monteiro didn't just speak to Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho (aka 'The Conditioned), she helped to make his dream a reality, in the process reuniting him with his family. If this inspiring short film doesn't bring a tear to your eye, nothing will.