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O Mandarim

Directed by Julio Bressane. A feature film, telling the history of 20th-century Brazilian popular music through the life of the singer Mario Reis. In Portuguese w/o subtitles. 1995. 100 min.

O prisioneiro da grade de ferro: (auto-retratos)

In 2002, the largest prison in Latin America, Complex Carandiru, was demolished. With a population of about 7,000 prisoners distributed in nine pavilions of five floors, this prison became known worldwide after the famous massacre of one hundred and eleven prisoners in 1992. A year after the seige at the Casa de Detencao do Carandiru, detainees learned to use videocameras and documented their daily life, capturing their internal rules, punishment, entertainment, weapons, death, drugs, booze, life conditions, food, sexual life, religion, creeds, families, hopes and dreams. 2005. 124 min.

Oswald: Un Homem de Profissao

A biographical tribute to the life of the Brazilian author, Oswald de Andrade. In Portuguese. 1990. 24 min.

Other Love.

A personal video reflection based on fragments from the book Agua Viva by the Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector. Honors thesis, University of California, Berkeley; directed by Elizabeth Zarek. Portuguese voice-overs with English subtitles. Directed by Elizabeth Zarek. 1997 5 min.

Panorama do Cinema Brasileiro

n anthology and overview of the history of Brazilian cinema from its inception to recent releases. Includes filmclips from early films, documentaries and Brazil's most films successful and influential films. 1968. 134 min.


Documents the recent history of the Gaviao tribe in the eastern Amazon. In the 60's, the Gaviao were widely considered so decimated by contact that their continued survival as a group was impossible. As the video shows, the group has not only survived, but has pioneered some approaches to living on the interface with Brazilian culture. Shows how these people have reclaimed their land and much of their tribal culture with the help of video technology. 1988. 27 min.

Que Bom te Ver Viva

Interviews with women who survived torture and imprisonment for political offenses following the Brazilian military coup of 1968; interspersed with a fictional dramatization of the life of such a survivor. A film by Lucia Murat. 1989. 100 min. web web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Quilombo Country

Provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway slaves or began from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a "Quilombo", from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Leonard Abrams. 2006. 75 min.

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.