"The notion that it is full of
despair is not borne out".
introduces audiences to the
plight of some of the world's
In this scene, Mariza, who has become separated
from her mother, encounters a shuffling, talking
cardboard box on the street.
Box (with a strange voice) I'm sorry. I didn't realise “you” were thirsty. (Accusingly) Another runaway!... Oh-oh!
(Mariza is scared)
What are you doing in a big city like this?
Mariza I - I - I'm looking for my mum.
Box Looking for your mum, eh?
Mariza And my sister, Tania.
Box I have heard all sorts of excuses from you lot -
Mariza It's true!
Box Where do you think you'll find your mum and sister then?
(Mariza shrugs, pause)
Mariza I - I don't know.
Box You're a runaway!
Marlza No... I'm not a runaway.
Box Have you seen how many children are living on the streets here?
Mariza I - I've just got here...
Box Ah-ha! The street is no place for a little girl.
Mariza I'm only looking for...
Box (cutting in) Be warned! If a cop nicks you, he'll send you into an orphanage! Where they beat you all the time! Aren't you scared now?
(Mariza nods. Pause)
Why don't you go back home?
Mariza Home...? Which way's my home?
Box Oh, yes, go on pretending you're lost... Dirty clothes, broken shoes... There you are. Good advice is lost on urchins like you.
(The box makes an attempt to grab Mariza)
(Mariza drops her coat and runs off Marcelo, a street kid, comes out of the box laughing his head off)
Marcelo Ha! Ha! Ha!... Oh, what do I see there? Another kid, newcomer to the city... Ha! Ha! Ha! II give him a fright too. Ha! Ha! Ha!
(Marcelo gets back into the box and exits laughing)