A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Maria Terezinha Vaz, an Ecocity presenter and special guest, is the producer of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil, an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide.

The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.

Through photography, Maria Terezinha Vaz integrates other passions, some of them lifelong. Trains, train tracks, the patterns and geometry of the rails and the machinery, have always held a fascination for her. She highly values historical and cultural preservation such as the Mayan land in Mexico, especially the sacred city of Chichen Itza. Preservation of the natural environment is also of great importance to her.


The film includes interviews from world renowned Curitiba’s mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifics of many of Curitiba’s programs, take a look at her web page on the project, organized into the following:






DVDs can be purchased at:


Written and Directed by Giovanni Vaz Del Bello

Produced by Maria Terezinha Vaz

Sound Design and Mixing by Lars Hidde

Music by Levanta a Vela

Singer & Berimbau Player: Papiba Godinho

Band: Sambada

9 Responses to A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

  1. ecocity says:

    Done, thanks Maria!

  2. Thanks Maria, I think your video is great. I’ve written a little about it in an article on Curitiba on my website Cities for People

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  6. I LOVED the story of Curitiba. It’s become one of my touchstones. Especially phenomenal thinking was how they hit on reducing the city working week to 4 days but pay everyone the same: the economics of that equation WORK! but really, the adjustment was made possible because the consciousness was there to recognize that this would be a supremely functional solution as well as engendering goodwill in the citizenry. I was so happy to turn the head of recycling in a small English city on to this movie. She purchased it for a learning session with her entire department. Big steps for day-to-day sanity and quality of life.

  7. Great job Ecocity organizers…

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