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Waste Land - What Happens in the World’s Largest Trash City Will Transform You
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…
Black Orpheus
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…
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…
Tabu
Winner of Critic's Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, Tabu is the exquisitely surreal two-part tale of Aurora, who upon her death-bed will make a mysterious request to see a man no one had ever heard of, transporting us…
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 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,…
The Hero (O HEROI)
"Winner, best foreign feature, the 2005 Sundance Film Festival" The Hero (O Heroi) is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now trying imperfectly but courageously to piece itself back together. It…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Fintar O Destino (Dribbling Fate)
A feature film about soccer dreams weighs the pros and cons of pursuing ambitions abroad or acceptance of life on the isolated islands of Cape Verde. Fintar O Destino has the distinction of being the Library of African Cinema's first…
March of the White Elephants - The Real Legacy of the FIFA World Cup
This film debunks the conventional wisdom that staging a World Cup in compliance with the FIFA model delivers sustainable benefits to the population of the host country. It reveals the real legacy of the FIFA World Cup - state of…
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…
Our Languages
Part of the Indians in Brazil series, Our Languages relates the historic repression of indigenous languages in Brazil. Many Indian languages were nearly lost thanks to missionaries and merchants - who rewarded Indians for learning Portuguese with status and material…
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…
From the Bottom Up - Revolutionary Change in Brazil
This is a film about culture and revolutionary change in the Jequitinhonha Valley of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The tale is told from the perspective of artists, religious leaders, and educators in the town of Aracuai. These cultural activists allied with…
Samba On Your Feet - The Music of Carnival
In Samba On Your Feet the filmmakers go behind the Carioca milieu to document samba and carnival. The one-hour documentary traces the influences that contributed to shape the music that consecrated Carnival as one of the most powerful cultural manifestations…
Hummingbird - Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence in Brazil
In the beautiful coastal city of Recife, Brazil - a world capital for sex tourism - a couple of determined women decided they would try to break the cycle of domestic violence and get kids off the streets. HUMMINGBIRD goes…
Cape Verde Independence July 5th & 6th 1975 - The First Day of Independence in Cape Verde After 500 Years of Colonial Rule
This short documentary was created from rare archival footage of almost seventy hours of 1/2" reel-to-reel video shot by pioneering performance and media artist Anthony D. Ramos. He was the only American camera present to record the historic first two…