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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

Iawo: Initiation in a Gege-Nago Temple.

Examines the Yoruba cult of Orisha, brought to the New World by black slaves, which survives to this day in areas such as Cuba and Brazil. By showing the initiation of a group of women into a temple (Iawo is the name for new priestesses), the film offers a deeper examination of the religion, its ideology and social meaning. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1978. 42 min.

If I Go Totally Bananas: The Percussive Life of Cyro Baptista

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his musician friend Romero Lubambo, discuss the personal role music plays for them in the celebration of their shared Brazilian culture. Baptista presents and plays a variety of percussion instruments. 2002. 14 min.

In Cane for Life (A vida em cana)

An environmental law has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized. This video portrays the daily routine of the 800,000 people in Brazil who cut sugar cane for a living. Directed by Jorge Wolney Attala. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 69 min.

International Ecocity Conference (4th: 2000: Curitiba, Brazil).

Features highlights from the April, 2000 conference in Curitiba, Brazil and includes many of the presentations as well as interviews with conference participants. International experts share their thoughts on the future of cities, people and the environment. Commentary: Jaime Lerner, Richard Register, Jeff Kenworthy, Dietmar Hahweg, Joan Bokaer, Paul Downton, Peter Berg, Mauricio Andres Ribeiro, Cleon Ricardo dos Santos. 2000. 42 min.

Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores)

A humerous but ultimately bitter film from Brazil about values, the food chain, and the poverty that requires people to search for food in garbage. Director, Jorge Furtado. 1989. 13 min. [preservation copy]

It's All True

Welles' ambitious film project in Brazil for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy" was shelved by RKO. This documentary features the story of the film's making and unmaking and includes portions of "Story of Samba (Carnaval)", "My friend Bonito" and all of "Four men on a raft" which was the only part of the project completed. The story of Samba (Carnival) / writer, Robert Meltzer; cinematographer, Harry J.

Jane Moroita: Our Celebrations.

The filmaker, a member of the Waiapi tribe of Brazil, demonstrates the use of videotape to record and preserve the "image" of the Waiapi culture. Three tribal celebrations are shown with running commentary by the filmaker. 1995. 33 min.

Kings for a Day.

A portrait of Carnival in Rio, "the greatest show on earth." Profiles a 3000-strong Carnival team in feathers and sequins and follows two rivals from the shanties of a favela as well as a white entreprenuer from the boutiques of Ipanema from their pre-Carnival preparations through the festival and parade. 1987. 60 min.

Kinocup

Follows the 2002 World Cup of soccer in Brazil from the point of view of the fans, with the irreverent commentary of announcer Godot Quincas. Produced and directed by Igor Cabral, Chico Serra. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2003. 22 min.

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