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Moro No Brasil

Moro No Brasil (DVD)
documentary with Velha Guarda da Mangueira,
Seu Jorge, Ivo Meirelles, Margareth Menezes, others

Moro no Brasil ("I Live in Brazil") is a musical journey that delves deeply into the heart of Brazil. Experience Brazilian culture and get to know its people with over 50 musical performances from the streets of Brazil, including interviews and performances by Walter Alfaiate & Seu Jorge, Antonio Nobrega, Darue Malungo, Silverio Pessoa, Margareth Menezes, Ivo Meirelles and more. Moro no Brasil is a stirring passionate documentary that grants the viewer unparalleled access to the diversity and musical richness of Brazilian music, reaching far beyond Samba and Bossa Nova. Writer/director Mika Kaurismaki’s musical journey covers 4,000 kilometers, with stopovers in Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, and presents the voyage from the roots of samba to its present-day excursions into rap and funk. --DVD description

Ayahuasca & Mystical Secrets of the Amazon (4pc)

Ayahuasaca and Mystical Secrets of the Amazon (DVD Set)

Ile Aiye (The House of Life) - A Film by David Byrne

Ile Aiye (The House of Life) - A Film by David Byrne (DVD)

With the earthy, yet otherworldly Ilé Aiyé (The House of Life), David Byrne (True Stories) explores the spirit cult of Candomblé. Based in the Bahia region of Brazil, the African-originated religion permeates all aspects of the culture. Byrne incorporates music, dance, interviews, and clips from old black-and-white Brazilian movies into his documentary. Narration is kept to a minimum and the visuals do most of the talking--along with the rhythmic, trance-inducing songs, accompanied by translations of their evocative lyrics. As befits a former art student--and Talking Head--Byrne does get a little "arty" at times, as when he places screens within screens (much like Peter Greenaway's Pillow Book). Fortunately, the effect isn't as distracting as it sounds and is only used sporadically. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

A Travelers Guide to Brazil

A Travelers Guide to Brazil (DVD)

Globe Trekker - Brazil

Globe Trekker - Brazil (DVD)

Charcoal People

The Charcoal People (DVD)

This film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Noble documents the workaday lives of Brazilian peasants who cut down trees in the Amazon rain forest and burn the in earthen kilns to make charcoal (1999)

Saudade do Futuro

Saudade Do Futuro (DVD)

This is a very beautiful poetic film about the largest city in South America, Sao Paulo told from the perspective of its largest migrant population the Nordestinos. Filled with startling music (forro, repente, embolada) and a cast of warm and humorous characters - it is a Latcho Drom like journey into a mostly ignored side of Brasilian culture. Tremendously photographed and edited a total must have for lovers of all Brasilian, and indeed documentary. Just watched it and I have a very big smile on my face. --an Amazon reviewer

Beats of the Heart - The Spirit of Samba: Black Music of Brazil

The Spirit Of Samba: The Black Music Of Brazil (DVD)

The Spirit Of Samba: The Black Music Of Brazil (VHS)
a 1982 documentary as much political as it is musical

O Amor Natural

O Amor Natural (VHS Video)
Citizens of Rio de Janeiro read the erotic
poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Carnival in Rio

Playboy: Carnival In Rio (VHS)
with Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Boys From Brazil (Soccer Documentary) (VHS)

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