6th Brazilian Film Week 2012 sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy, Washington D.C.
Location: E Street Cinema 555 11th Street
This wonderful documentary by Helena Solberg traces the history of Brazilian music during the last half-century through the Brazilian singer, poet and troubadour. The film looks at the relationship between poetry and music, weaving together testimony by the some of the important names in Brazilian music such as Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Maria Bethânia, Arnaldo Antunes, Jorge Mautner and many others. This link between poetry and music is explored in performances by these artists along with some surprising images from archival film. If you want to understand the Brazilian soul and its roots in poetry that combines abstract ideas and intriguing juxtapositions, this is the movie for you.
In the late 1960s I shared an apartment in Copacabana with one of the musicians in the film and his girlfriend (now wife). In those days our world consisted of demonstrations against the military government that was then in power, but equally as important was the music and words that flowed. There was a continual search for beautiful melody and the power of poetry. In my novel, Farewell Rio, you will encounter those heady times as my characters take on the politics, the poetry and songs of the period.