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Black Orpheus
Part of the Series: Criterion Favorites Collection
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio…
Waste Land - An Art Collaboration in the World’s Largest Garbage Dump
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de…
Where I Grow Old - A Cidade onde Envelheço
Francisca, a young Portuguese woman who's living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she'd lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa is discovering the place where she means to settle, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon.…
Mysteries of Lisbon
A masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members…
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The Beginning of Life - Factors in Child Development
One of the greatest neuroscience breakthroughs is having discovered that babies are far more than a genetic load. The development of all human beings lies on the combination of genetics, the quality of the relationships and the environment they are…
That Man From Rio (L'homme de Rio)
A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musee de l'Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Metro entrance and witnesses…
The Man of the Crowd - O Homem Das Multidões
An elegant, parsimonious, and formally impeccable story of Juvenal, a lonely train driver from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Margo, a train traffic controller. Both Juvenal and Margo live in a state of deep solitude, each in their unique ways. Loosely…
Hopefuls - Aspirantes
This award-winning Brazilian drama tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C., an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. He has to deal with the unexpected pregnancy…
They Killed Sister Dorothy
At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim - Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio - was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to…
Zus & Zo
Chekov's "Three Sisters" gets a wild retelling in this Oscar nominated comedy about three wacky sisters who try to save their inheritance from their supposedly Gay brother, who suddenly appears with fiance in tow. If he gets married, their Father's…
Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle - Can a Ritual Born Out of Slavery Become a Modern Day Movement?
Capoeira, comprised of stylized dance and ritual combat takes its cue from the sacred music of the berimbau. Born from slavery and reborn on the modern streets of Brazil, Capoeira proceeds from the timeless urge for freedom. With stunning cinematography…
Only When I Dance
This feel-good documentary follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. This inspiring story takes us from Rio - where their communities must raise…
The Second Mother
An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers' needs,…
Precise Poetry: Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture - Creating Poetry Through Architectural Precision
A film about the famous Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. This cinematic journey through her most important architectural projects in Sao Paulo and Salvador da Bahia poses the question of what remains of a person in the work they leave…
Revealing Sebastião Salgado (Revelando Sebastião Salgado) - The Life and Work of Brazillian Photographer Sebastião Salgado
This is the first Brazilian documentary about one of the most important contemporary photographers, Brazilian native Sebastiao Salgado. During an in-depth 2012 interview given at his house in Paris, Salgado shares about the beginning of his career, the importance of…
Looking for Lara - A Guerrilla Fighter Struggling Against Brazilian Dictatorship
Lara Lavelberg -- a young, beautiful and highly-refined Jewish woman -- left a comfortable life to engage in the violent struggle against a military dictatorship in Brazil. Living underground, Lavelberg became the lover of former army captain, Carlos Lamarca, and…
Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America
Journey into the world of Argentina's most famous musical artist in Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America. Over a career that spanned 50 years, Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left…
Carmo, Hit the Road
Carmo would do anything to escape the hellhole of a Brazilian border town where she lives. So when a lonesome, wheelchair-bound low-life named Marco arrives on the scene, she jumps at the chance to help him transport a shipment of…
Cape Verde My Love
Praia, Cape verde. Laura, Flavia and Bela are childhood friends. Each leads her own life and they sometimes meet to dance, dine and have fun. But one day the calm rivers of their lives break their banks and become wild…
Xingu
In the '40s, three brothers decide to live a great adventure and enlist in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition, which has a mission to tame the Central Brazil. The Villas Boas brothers: Orlando, 27, Claudius, 25, and Leonardo, 23, engage in a…