AFRO-BRAZILIAN CINEMA with QUILOMBO and HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Two films exploring the human experience of the Afro-Brazilian, past and present: Quilombo the classic epic story of Palmares, a colony of mostly runaway Africans during the 17th century in Brazil and Human Behavior a short film based on the true story of the Candelaria massacre.
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This historical saga is a stirring fusion of folklore, political impact and dynamic story-telling, realized in vibrant tropical colors and set to the pulsing beat of Gilberto Gil's musical score. After the slave revolt of 1641, groups of enslaved black Brazilians escaped to mountainous jungle strongholds where they formed self-governing communities. This film is the chronicle of the most famous of these communities which flourished for several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftain Ganga Zumba
DIRECTED BY Carlos Diegues / BRAZIL / 1984 / EPIC DRAMA / BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 114 MIN
In 1993, death squads opened fire on a group of sleeping street children camped on the steps of a cathedral in Rio de Janeiro’s central financial district, killing six. This event, later called the Candelaria massacre, is vividly depicted in this short film about the plight of street children in Brazil.
DIRECTED BYFLAVIO LEANDRO / BRAZIL / 1995 / SILENT FILM / 12 MIN