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Fados

Explore a musical genre that combines African and Brazilian origins into a fusion of cinema, song, dance, and instruments. The film first traces the history of the fado form, then moves into a veritable concert of fado all-stars (or fadistas) including Mariza, Camane, Caetano Veloso, and others -- staged and filmed on a succession of elaborate sets such as a recreation of a period Lisbon bar. Saura also works in tributes to such past fado performers as Amalia Rodrigues and Chico Buarque.

Favela Rising

Documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sa is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

Favelas.

Documentary film explores the squatter settlement slum areas, or favelas, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Discusses the factors leading to their creation and their subculture. Interviews with social service workers and inhabitants of the favelas are interspersed with poetic narrative commentary on and photographic observation of life in the favelas. between 1986 and 1991. 50 min.

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia

Examines one of the largest popular celebrations in the world, the week-long Carnaval that brings more than two million people to the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Showcasing the unique cultural richness of Bahia, the film captures this unique cultural energy through footage of musical performances, dances, religious manifestations, and street celebrations. Throughout, the meaning of the carnival is interpreted and explained by performers, noted Brazilian artists and academics. c2001. 48 min.

For Richer, for Poorer.(Life; 5)

Examines the gulf between Brazil's rich and poor by traveling to favela Coliseu in Sao Paulo and assessing what progress has been made in eradicating poverty in the two and a half years under President Lula da Silva. In his election speech, he promised to improve education, to improve health, to make land ownership fairer and - most importantly - to fight poverty. But Brazil's business community believes rapid growth is what is needed to improve the country's economy and combat social inequality. Despite the gulf between rich and poor, extreme poverty is being reduced.

Free Markets for Free Men (Commodities; 5)

Discusses how commodity exchanges and futures markets developed, the risks involved and market speculation. Shows as an example how deterioration of trade terms between commodity buyers and producers has deepened Brazil's debt, despite international accords such as the International Coffee Agreement, designed to regulate trade and protect producer nations. 1986. 54 min.
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Free-for-All in Sarare.

More than six thousand gold and mineral prospectors have invaded the reserve of the Nambiquara of Sarare, Brazil and loggers in the regions raid their mahogany-rich forests, stealing wood which is becoming extinct in Amazonia. Only pressure on the World Bank, with whom the Government of Mato Grosso is negotiating a loan, could bring prospecting to a close. But the pillage of the forest continues. 198-?. 27 min.

Geraldo Off-Line. (Life; 2)

Geraldo da Sousa worked his way out of a shanty-town in Brazil into a job in a Ford car factory. Then he was told he no longer had a job because of the financial meltdown in faraway South East Asia. Was that just an excuse or the harsh reality of the new globalized economy? In this film, with the help of investigative journalist Jon Alpert, Geraldo sets out to find out. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Geraldo's Brazil. (Life; 4)

This film revisits Geraldo Da Souza, a worker at Ford in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 1999, he was among 2000 workers laid off from his factory during the "international financial crisis." Life filmed him then in "Geraldo-off line," trying to work out the connection between the financial crises in Asia, Russia and Brazil and attempting to understand the personal impact of globalization.

Hail Umbanda (Salve a Umbanda).

A documentary about Umbanda, Brazil's fastest-growing religion. Centers on the cult's pageantry and public festivals as well as its more esoteric, exotic, and rarely-seen ceremonies. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Fortazela, this film includes commentary by numerous authorities and practitioners, and it places Umbanda in the context of Brazil's turbulent history and its cultural and racial melting pot. 1988. 46 min

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