Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho became homeless in his early 20s and spent almost 35 years living on the streets of Brazil. During that time, he wrote poems and short stories, hoping to get them published some day.
In 2011, when Raimundo was in his 70s, a woman named Shalla Monteiro befriended him. Shalla was so taken with his writing that she set up a Facebook Page to share it with the world.
The Facebook Page, which now has close to 200,000 fans, quickly gained attention, and Raimundo received an outpouring of support. Locals sought him out to speak with him and bring him gifts.
Among those who connected with Raimundo through the Facebook Page was his long-lost brother. The two hadn’t seen each other for 57 years. Raimundo’s brother invited him to live with his family, and they have been together ever since.
On August, 1, this year, Raimundo turned 78 and is working with Shalla to have a book of his writing published.
This short film, “The Conditioned,” tells Raimundo’s story:
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