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Brazil

Rio de Memorias (Light Memories of Rio).

Examines the history of photography in Brazil, dating from 1839, and simultaneously traces the history of the development of Rio de Janeiro as one of the world's major cities and a political and cultural center of Brazil. The film discusses the experiences of photographers of the period, showing the evolution of photography as an art and a trade with occasional dramatized scenes portraying developments in photographic equipment and techniques. Dist. Cinema Guild. 199-?. 33 min.

Romances de terra et d'eau

This documentary is about landless farmers in northeastern Brazil who, with great dignity and tremendous humor, struggle for their economic survival, and to preserve the imaginative and regenerative power of their culture. For these farmers, descended from the native Indians, the "roca," the place where plants, vegetables and rice are grown, thereby assuring a family's future, could be paradise on earth if this land belonged to them.

Samba da Criacao do Mundo.

Each year the Rio de Janeiro 'samba schools' (neighborhood organizations devoted to celebrating Carnival) choose a narrative or theme to produce for the parade. This video shows one pageant based on the creation legend of the Nago, performed by the Beija-Flor Samba School. Includes music, singing and dancing, splendid costumes, and scenes from the parade interspersed with the same characters in natural settings. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1978. 57 min.

Sanjoaninas na Terceira.

A visit to the celebration of the Festas Sanjoaninas held on the island of Terceira in the Azores. This festival of Portuguese songs, dances, storytelling and bullfights celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of the residents of the Azores. 1995. 58 min.

Send a Bullet (Manda bala)

Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. However, in recent years, the country has developed more of a reputation for corrupt politicians, kidnapping, and plastic surgery. Artfully connects these seemingly disparate elements and conducts a dazzling, yet harrowing, examination of the tragic domino effect that has reshaped the face of the country and created an entire industry built on corruption. Illustrates how corruption and kidnapping represent two sides of the same violent crime. Directed by Jason Kohn. 2007. 85 min.

Sharing the Land

Discusses the costs of rapid industrial expansion in Brazil and the need for land reform. Brazil's "economic miracle" of the 1970's was supposed to "trickle down" to the poorest segments of the population but only the top 10% of the population benefitted from the economic policy, while the gap between rich and poor grew. The resulting huge debt has caused an even greater emphasis on the export of food, causing shortages and higher prices in Brazil. 1988. 20 min.

Simonal: ninguem sabe o duro que dei

This documentary tells the story of Wilson Simonal, a very populr Brazilian singer in the 1960s and in the first two years of 1970 decade. In the mid-70s he was accused of helping the military government by denouncing fellow artists who were involved in political left-wing movements. Partly because of these accusations, his career started to fade away at that time. These accusations are still contested today. Directed by Micael Langer, Calvito Leal and Claudio Manoel. 2009. 100 min.

South of the Border

Director Oliver Stone visits seven presidents in five countries in South America to gain some understanding about the political and social ideas and the revolutions, and to clear up how people view them. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro, and more. Contents: Part 1. Media influence & perceptions on U.S. foreign policy? -- Part 2. Venezuela & Hugo Chavez -- Part 3. Bolivia & Evo Morales -- Part 4. Argentina & The Kirchners -- Part 5. Paraguay & Fernando Lugo -- Part 6.

Street Sisters.

Examines the lives and attitudes of prostitutes in Belem, Brazil through interviews with women belonging to the 4,000 member organization GEMPAC: Prostitutes Group of Central Belem. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 199-?. 21 min.

Strong Roots (Raiz Forte)

The Landless Movement, MST, started in 1985 in response to the unequal distribution of land in Brazil, where 46% of all agricultural land is controlled by 1% of the people. The MST has won 16 million hectares of land for 300,000 families. It has built thousands of food production cooperatives and schools. The MST struggle is grounded in Constitutional law, which decrees that land must fulfill a social function. Today, 100,000 families prepare to occupy land in order to feed themselves. They live in plastic tents, waiting for the chance to work their piece of Brazilian soil. 2003.

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