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Brazil

Brazilian Dreams: Visiting Points of Resistance

Explores cultures of opposition in Brazil as documented by two US travelers in 1988-1989.

Bus 174 (Onibus 174)

Based on extensive research, stock footage, interviews and official documents, investigates the tragic series of events that followed a desperate bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 that turned deadly when a SWAT team took evasive action against a drug-addled hijacker. Directed by Jose Padilha & Felipe Lacerda. 2002. 120 min.

Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (A Man Listed to Die)

Directed by Eduardo Coutinho, 1984. The film examines the brutal suppression and murder of peasant actors in 1964 who were creating a radical docudrama contrasting the poverty of Brazil's rural poor with the imperialism of the state. The film was aborted by Brazil's coup d'etat in 1964. 119 min.

Canudos Revisited.

Traces the history of the town of Canudos, Brazil, from its rise as the center of Antonio Conselheiro's millenialist preachings to the massacre during the "Insurrection" of 1897 to its modern incarnation as Nova Canudos, examining the social factors underlying the conflict and its description by Cunha in his Os sertoes. Directed by Robert M. Levine and John B. Gray. 1990. 23 min.

Capoeira Bahia.

Dance master Bira Almeida and his students demonstrate various forms of the Capoeira, a unique martial arts dance developed in Brazil by African descendants 400 years ago. Includes historical segments of performances by Capoeira dancers plus instruction in basic movements of the dance. 1983. 70 min. [preservation copy]

Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business

Using archival footage, film fragments, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind-the-scenes to convey the true life story of the "Brazilian Bombshell," singer and actress Carmen Miranda. 1996. 90 min. ; also on VHS

City Life.

Marta Suplicy is the new mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil who is determined to make Sao Paulo a sustainable 21st century global city. This program follows her as she visits schools, hospitals, favelas, and a shelter for battered women, in her quest to improve the living conditions of the city. 2001. 30 min.
Related web sites:Bullfrog Films catalog description

Conterraneos Velhos de Guerra

E a cronica dos lances enfrentados pelos nordestinos que vieram no final dos anos 50 para a construcao de Brasilia (pedi a um deles, semi-analfabetizado, que desenhasse o titulo do filme). E sobretudo a experiencia inenarravel do massacre que os operarios sofrerem dos bate-paus da famigerada Guarda Especial de Brasilia--nos acampamentos da empreiteria Pacheco Fernandes. 199-?. 158 min.

Cuando o Crisulo Danca? (When Blacks Dance?)

Interviews with Brazilians concerning their attitudes towards Black Brazilians and their experiences of racism and racist behavior in Brazil. Includes demonstrations against racism in Sao Goncalo, Brazil and the role of black dance as a protest against oppression. 199-?. 20 min.

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