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How Facebook Changed This Homeless Man’s Life

“Hope is the heaviest weight a man can carry.” These words, written by Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho, talk about his life living on the streets of Brazil. Passerby Shalla Monteiro befriended Sobrinho and wanted to share his writings with the world, so she began posting them on Facebook. Sobrinho soon gained a following and was able to reunite with his family. In this short film from filmmaker Michael Marantz, we see the true power of social media as this homeless poet moves off the streets and achieves his dreams of publishing a book of his work.

Directed by Michael Marantz. Production Company and Creative Studio: Already Alive ( Produced by Facebook Stories.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.