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  1. Além da paixão = Happily ever after , Regina Duarte et al., 1 videocassette (108 min.), Washington, D.C, 1988.
    Notes: Performer Note: Regina Duarte, Paulo Castelli.
    Abstract: Regina Duarte plays a successful interior designer and houswife. By chance, she meets the man of her dreams, a street hustling bisexual prostitute who leads her away from the safety of her upper middle class existence into a seedy world where she becomes his sultry partner in crime.

  2. Anjos do arrabalde Suburban angels, Betty Faria et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 104 min.), New York, N.Y, 1987.
    Notes: Performer Note: Betty Faria, Clarisse Abujamra, Irene Stefania, Vanessa Alves, Anjes do Arrabalde.
    Abstract: A drama based on the real lives of schoolteachers who try to maintain a sense of dignity as they struggle to survive in the sprawling suburbs around Sao Paulo. In its portrayal of love and violence among urban Brazil's lower and middle classes, the film expands and deepens the treatment of sexual politics previously explored by Reichenbach in his low budget, exploitation "porno-chanchadas".

  3. Ariella Ariela, John Herbert et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), Argentina, 1919.
    Notes: Performer Note: Christiane Torloni, John Herbert, Laura Cardoso.

  4. Barrela escola de crimes ; Nádia Filmes apresentar um film e de Marco António Cury ; uma produção de Marcelo França, Marco Antonio Cury et al., 1 videocassette (72 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1990.
    Notes: Performer Note: Paulo César Percio, Claudío Mamberti, Marcos Palmeira.

  5. Black Orpheus, Sacha Gordine et al., 2 videodiscs (103 min.), Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
    Notes: Performer Note: Breno Melo, Marpessa Dawn, Lea Garcia, Adhemar Ferreura da Silva, Lourdes de Oliviera.
    Abstract: "Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed.

  6. Boca de Ouro, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Jece Valadão, Odete Lara, Daniel Filho.

  7. Cabra marcado para morir = Hombre marcado par morir, Eduardo Coutinho et al., 1 videocassette (XX min.), Uruguay, 1993.
    Notes: Contents: Brasil: el Nordeste (35 min.) -- Cabra marcado para morir (114 min.)
    Added Titles: Brasil: el Nordeste, Cangaceiro, Vidas secas, Deus e o diabo na terra do sol, Pais de Sao Sarué.
    Abstract: Twenty years after the Brazilian military coup interrupted work on the film biography of the peasant leader, João Pedro Teixeira (assassinated on the orders of a landowner in 1962), director Eduardo Coutinho managed to complete his work, however with a totally different significance. Returning to the Northeast with what he could rescue from his original work, he begins by assembling the peasants who participated in his original project (or at least those who survived), showing them images of the past, and recording the declarations reactions and testimonies of a sector of society reduced to silence by 20 years of dictatorship. Preceded by Las 100 películas (referenced by "El nordeste en el cine Brasileño" on container), which consists of segments of O Cangeceiro (Brazil, 1953; director: Lima Barreto), Vidas secas (Brasil, 1963; director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos); Deus e o diabo na terra do sol (Brazil, 1964; director: Glauber Rocha); and O pais de Sao Sarué (Brazil, 1971; director: Vladimir Carvalho).

  8. Capitalismo selvagem = Savage capitalism, Fernanda Torrers et al., 1 videocassette (86 min.), Chicago, IL, 1994.
    Notes: Performer Note: Fernanda Torres, José Mayer, Marisa Orth, Marcelo Tas.
    Abstract: A romance between a reporter and a mining company executive. The romance crumbles when the executive's wife, long presumed dead, returns and drives the couple, the company and the country to the brink of a national disaster.

  9. Carlota Joaquína princesa do Brazil, André Abujamra et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Brazil, 1994.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marieta Severo, Marco Nanini.
    Abstract: Spain, 1785: Carlota Joaquina, a child who has been promised to Dom João IV of Portugal. She must go to Portugal, where she discovers the truth of the royal life--the deceptions, the infidelities and the mistresses. Following the death of Dom José and declaration of his wifes' insanity, João and Carlota ascend to the throne, but in the turmoil of French Revolution spilling into the Iberian peninsula, she flees to the colony of Brazil.

  10. A causa secreta, Sergio Bianchi et al., 1 videocassette (93 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
    Notes: Performer Note: Renato Borghi, Rodrigo Santiago, Ester Goes.

  11. Cinema de lágrimas, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (96 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Raul Cortez, André Barros.
    Abstract: An exploration of melodrama in Latin American cinema through the story of an emotionally distant film professor who is persuaded to look at a student project on the history of melodrama in Latin American cinema. Through his viewing, he finds a path to his own tears.

  12. Conteerrãneos velhos de guerra Vertovisão ; direção-produ aõ, Vladimir Carvalho, Vladimir Carvalho et al., 2 videocassettes (175 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
    Notes: Event Note: Made in 1990.
    Abstract: The building of Brasilia in the late 1950's made by "nordestinos" (North Eastern Brazil) who left behind their small possessions, hunger and drought in the belief of finding food, work and money in the new promised land. A dramatic espisode omitted by the authorities at that time is recalled by the remaining workers: a brutal massacre in 1959 in a building under construction. Interviews reveal contradictory opinions ranging from a humble worker to Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.

  13. Corpo em dileto, Nuno Cesar Abreu et al., 1 videocassette (88 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Lima Duarte, Regina Dourado, Dedina Bernadelli, Álvaro Freire.
    Abstract: A doctor withdraws from his wife as he becomes obsessed with the activities in the house next door. He suspects criminal activity and sees the same group of men all over the city; they let him know that they know he's watching them.

  14. Curta com as estrelas, Malu Mader et al., 1 videocassette (77 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: A espera, um passatempo do amor: Diogo Vilela, Marieta Severo, Malu Mader. Esconce-esconde: Fernanda Torres. A mulher fatal encontra o homel ideal: Carla Camurati, Thales Pan Chacon, Sérgio Mamberti. Garganta: Andréa Beltrão, Luiz Fernando Guimarães. Por Dúvida das vias: Silvia Buarque, Marieta Severo, Marcos Palmeira.

  15. Curta os gaúchos, José Paulo Moreira da Fonseca et al.Rio de Janeiro, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Ilha das flores: Paulo José, narrator. Barbosa: António Fagundes. Obscenidades: Imara Reis. O dia em que Dorival encarou a guarda: João Acaibe. Passageiros: Marcos Carbonale.

  16. Delirios de um anormal = Hallucinations of a deranged mind, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Jorge Peres, Magna Miller, Lirio Bertelli
    Added Title: Coffin Joe.

  17. Deus e o diabo na terra do sol Dios y el Diablo en la tierra del sol, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (115 min.), Uruguay, 1919.
    Notes: Performer Note: Mauricio do Valle, Geraldo del Rey, Othon Bastos.
    Abstract: An account of the adventures of fictional hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of common rural worker Manuel into a life of crime, joining the gang of Antonio's sworn enemy, Corisco the Blond Devil, and the Pedra Bonita Massacre.

  18. Dona Flor e seus dois maridos = Dona Flor and her two husbands, Sonia Braga et al., 1 videocassette (106 min.), New York, N.Y, 1990.
    Notes: Performer Note: Sonia Braga, Jose Wilker, Mauro Mendonça.
    Abstract: A comedy about a young and beautiful widow who makes a respectable second marriage but cannot escape the high-spirited ghost of her caddish but much-loved first husband.

  19. Ele o Boto = The Dolphin, Walter Lima et al., 1 videocassette (95 min.), New York, 1991.
    Notes: Performer Note: Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Cássia Kiss, Ney Latorraca.
    Abstract: "The Dolphin is a tale of power, fantasy and sensuous desire set on the beautiful beaches of northern Brazil. It's an enchanting story surrounding the seductive legend of a dolphin-man called Boto"--Container.

  20. Gaijin caminhos da liberdade = caminos de la libertad, Tizuka Yamasaki et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Mexico, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Kioko Tsukamoto, Antonio Fagundes, Jiro Kawaraskai.
    Abstract: Story of young Japanese at the turn of the century who emigrate to Brazil to work the booming coffee plantations and to raise a family. They dream of one day returning to Japan but sickness and death surround them as they struggle to defend the rights of the workers and they remain in Brazil.

  21. Guerra conjugal, Dalton Trevisan et al., 1 videocassette, Rio de Janeiro, 198.
    Notes: Performer Note: Lima Duarte, Jofre Soares, Carmen Silva, Wilza Carla, Cristina Aché, Itala Nandi, Carlos Gregório.
    Abstract: A genially humorous collection of stories which run parallel, get crossed or simply follow one another and which portray various citizens of the provincial city of Curitiba, a sinister and timid young man, a gallant lawyer, a old couple. As the director explains, the film affirms the possibility of redemption through an excess of sin.

  22. A Hora da estrela = The hour of the star, Suzana Amaral et al., 1 videocassette (96 min.), NY i.e. New York, N.Y, 1987.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marcélia Cartaxo, José Dumont, Denoy de Oliveira, Sônia Guedes, Umberto Magnani.
    Abstract: A young woman in search of success moves from Brazil's arid Northeast to the teeming city of São Paulo, where only her fantasies can make the poverty she finds bearable.

  23. Jenipapo, Monique Gardenberg et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Henry Czerny, Patrick Bauchau, Miguel Lunardi, Julia Lemmertz.
    Abstract: When priest of the people Father Stephen, beloved for his ability to speak out against the Brazilian government, uncharacteristically remains silent in the weeks before a crucial land vote, a reporter tries to ferret him out.

  24. Jubiabá, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1988?
    Notes: Performer Note: Françoise Goussard, Charles Baiano, Zezé Motta, Julien Guiomar, Catharine Rouvel.
    Abstract: "Baseado no livro homônimo de Jorge Amado, o filme Jubiabá conta a história de um amor impossível, o amor entre o negro Antônio Balduíno e a loura Lindanala.".

  25. Los chiflados del SWAT en busca de la caja nuclear, Dedé Santana et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), Argentina, 1919.
    Notes: Performer Note: Dedé Santana, Mussum, Zacarias.
    Abstract: The S.U.A.T.E special forces foil a nuclear plot despite themselves.

  26. Love strange love, Mauro Mendonça et al., 1 videocassette (97 min.), Stamford, CT, 1985.
    Notes: Performer Note: Vera Fischer, Mauro Mendonça.
    Abstract: A young boy discovers sexual pleasure by coming to live with his mother in a luxurious brothel.

  27. Luoco por cinema, André Luiz Oliveira et al., 1 videocassette (102 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Nuno Leal Maia, Denise Bandeira, Roberto Bonfim.
    Abstract: A patient in a psychiatric hospital has written a script and tries to convince the administrators to help him make the film. Though they refuse, one of them suggests the patient could direct a show for the Commissioner of Human Rights when he visits the hospital. The patient takes on the challange, but turns the show into an opportunity to take the director hostage. He will release the director, but only if the film can be made. With the help of the Civil Police, a director, actors, and crew are gathered from around the country and brought to the hospital.

  28. Luzia, Claudia Ohana et al., 1 videocassette (112 min.), New York, NYC, 1991.
    Notes: Performer Note: Claudia Ohana, Thales Pan Chacon, José De Abreu, Luiza Falcão.
    Abstract: Set in the plains of central Brazil, Luzia is the story of a beautiful young woman, a cowgirl with extraordinary rodeo skills, who is caught in a clash between squatters and the powerful ranch owners.

  29. A meia-noite levarei sua alma = At midnight I'll take your soul away, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle WA : Something Weird Video, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Jose Mojica Marins ; Magda Mei, Nivaldo de Lima, Valeria Vasquez, Ilidio Martins
    Added Titles: At midnight I'll take your soul away, At midnight I'll take your soul, Coffin Joe.

  30. O Beijo no asfalto, Bruno Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (80 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 198.
    Notes: Performer Note: Tarcísio Meira, Ney Latorraca, Lídia Brondi, Christiane Torloni, Oswaldo Loureiro, Daniel Filho.

  31. O Despertar da besta (ritual dos sadicos) = The awakening of the beast (ritual of the maniacs), Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Sergio Hingst, Ozualdo Candeias, Andreia Bryan
    Added Titles: Ritual dos sadicos, Awakening of the beast, Ritual of the maniacs, Coffin Joe.

  32. O estranho mundo de Zé do Caixão = The strange world of Zé do Caixão, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (70? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: O fabricante de bonecas: Luiz Sergio Person, Vanni Miller, Mario Luna ; Tara: George Mishel, Iris Bruzzi ; Ideología: Osualdo de Sosa, Mia Reis
    Contents: O fabricante de bonecas = The dollmaker -- Tara = Obsession -- Idología = Theory
    Added Titles: O fabricante de bonecas, The dollmaker, Tara, Obsession, Idiología, Theory, Zé do Caixão, The strange world of Zé do Caixão, The strange world of Coffin Joe, Coffin Joe.
    Abstract: In O fabricante de bonecas, a dollmaker uses his beautiful assistants in an unusual fashion to acquire eyes for his creations. In Tara a destitute hunchback worships a beautiful woman from afar. She dies on her wedding day and he is then able to adore her at closer range, in her tomb. In Ideología, a professor is unable to convince others during a televised panel discussion that love does not exist. His arguments become more convincing when he gives graphic demonstrations of man's inhumanity to man in his home.

  33. O Mandarim, Júlio Bressane et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.), Rio de Janeiros, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Fernando Eiras, Giulia Gam; with the participation of Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Raphael Rabello, Rubens Santos, Chico Buarque, Edu Lôbo, Caetano Veloso.
    Abstract: An experimental feature film, telling the history of 20th-century Brazilian popular music through the life of the singer Mário Reis.

  34. O meu pé de laranja-lima Mi planta de naranja-lima, Aurelio Teixeira et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1919.
    Notes: Performer Note: Julio César Cruz, Leilany Chediak, Janet Chermont, Iva West.
    Abstract: Zeze is a 6 year old with extraodinary liveliness and intelligence who lives with his parents, who are very poor, in a shack along a highway in the interior of San Pablo, Brazil. His older brothers have a private retreat in the garden, leaving Zeze alone with a lime tree. In his imagination, he makes the tree his great friend and confidant. With the help of his tree, he faces the difficulties of his family and of growing up.

  35. O quatrilho um jogo de fascínio e sedução, Félix Monti et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Glória Pirez, Patrícia Pillar, Bruno Campos.
    Abstract: In Rio Grande do Sul of the early 20th century, two young couples, the sons and daughters of Italian immigrants, face new lives together. Teresa, who is married to Ângelo, and Mássimo, who is married to Pierina, fall in love, contrary to the traditions of their families and culture. Their saga unfolds over the next two decades.

  36. Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus, Sacha Gordine et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Wilmette, Il, 1986?
    Notes: Performer Note: Breno Melo, Marpessa Dawn, Lea Garcia, Adhemar Ferreura da Silva, Lourdes de Oliviera.
    Abstract: "Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed.

  37. Os Brasileiros retrato falado de um povo, Maurice Capovilla et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 60 min.), Rio de Janeiro Brazil, 1990?
    Abstract: This program attempts to define Brazil vis-a-vis its people and their national passions.

  38. Os inconfidentes, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: José Wilker, Luis Linhares, Paulo Cesar Pereio, Fernando Torres.
    Abstract: Using the poems and writings of 4 Brazilian poets, the film weaves a tale of crime and punishment in 18th century Brazil.

  39. Perfume de gardênia, Guilherme de Almeida Prado et al., 1 videocassette (118 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Christiane Torloni, José Mayer, Walter Quiroz.
    Abstract: Daniel is a taxi driver and lives in a poor area of the city with his wife Gisa and son Quim. One day a film is being shot on their street and Gisa is "discovered" by the director when Quim runs out to play on the set. Meanwhile, Daniel is having violent dreams that may have some connection to reality. He is already on edge from the dreams when he discovers his wife has been cast in romantic scenes; he loses his temper and she threatens to shoot him. Years later, he is still plagued by violent hallucinations and is getting into trouble with the police. Quim, now grown, develops an interest in his mother, who is a glamorous star. Daniel plots to end his problems.

  40. Rei do Rio, Jorge Durán et al., 1 videocassette (107 min.), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1987?
    Notes: Performer Note: Nuno Leal Maia, Nelson Xavier, Milton Gonçalves, Amparo Grizales.
    Abstract: Two men, friends since their childhood, become rivals in a struggle for power and territory in the Brazilian underworld.

  41. Romance da empregada Story of Fausta = Story of Fausta, Bruno Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), New York, 1991.
    Notes: Performer Note: Betty Faria, Daniel Filho, Brandão Filho.

  42. Rumbo a Brasilia, Mauricio de la Serna et al., 1 videocassette (94 min.), Harlingen, Tex, 1996.
    Notes: Performer Note: Tony Aguilar, Angela María da Cunha, Antonio Carlos Pereira.
    Abstract: Paulo, a young Brazilian boy, leaves his home on the flood-stricken Brazilian coast to see the president in the new city of Brasilia. He joins a group traveling by bus to the city and befriends a woman who pays his way and looks after him on the journey through the Brazilian frontier until they reach the presidential mansion at last.

  43. S. Bernardo = São Bernardo, Leon Hirszman et al., 1 videocassette (113 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 198.
    Notes: Performer Note: Othon Bastos, Isabel Ribeiro, Nildo Parente, Vanda Lacerda, Mário Lago, Rodolfo Arena, Joffre Soares.

  44. Sábado [videorecording], Maria Padihla et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Maria Padihla, Giulia Gam, Otávio Augusto.
    Abstract: The Sábado, a historical building in São Paulo, is the setting for this comedy. A diverse group of people meet under surprising circumstances in a metaphor for modern Brazil.

  45. Terra em transe, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (115 min.), Argentina, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Jardel Filho (Paulo Martins), Paulo Aautran (don Porfirio Diaz), José Lewgoy ( Felipe Vieira), Glauce Rocha (Sara), Paulo Gracindo (Don Julio Fuentes), Hugo Carvana (Alvaro), Danuza Leão (Silvia), Jofre Soares (Padre Gil), José Marinho (Jer nimo), Flávio Migliaccio, Francisco Milani (Aldo), Modesto de Souza (senator) Echio Reis, Emanoel Cavalcanti (Felício), Mário Lago, Thelma Reston, Paulo César Pereio, Zózimo Bulbul, Clóvis Bornay, Rafael de Carvalho, Darlene Glória, Eizabeth Gasper, Irma Alvarez, S nia Clara, Guide Vasconcelos, Maurício do Vale.
    Abstract: Allegory of Brazilian politics and history. One of the most ambitious and admired films of Rocha.

  46. Terra em trasne = A land in distress, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (112 min.), S.l., 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, Jose Lewgoy
    Added Title: Land in a trance.
    Abstract: A young poet and journalist is persuaded by his lover to become involved in the politics of his country.

  47. Terra estrangeira, Walter Salles et al., 1 videocassette (110 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Fernanda Torres ; Fernando Alves Pinto ; Luis Melo.
    Abstract: The film opens with parallel stories. It's 1990, and Brazil's newly-elected president, Fernando Collor, has frozen all personal savings accounts. Young Brazilians, fearing a bleak economic future, leave the country in droves. Amongst them is Alex, who would rather eke out an existence as a waitress in Portugal than remain in Sao Paolo. Meanwhile, back in Brazil, Paco dreams of traveling abroad, and, when his mother drops dead of shock after learning that the government has confiscated her life's savings, Paco no longer has anything holding him at home. Accepting a "delivery job" from a shady "businessman", Paco is off to Lisbon. When things go wrong, Paco and Alex are thrown together, and end up on the run with a violin full of uncut diamonds and an underworld honcho on their trail.

  48. Um trem para as estrelas, Carlos Diegues et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1987.
    Notes: Performer Note: Guilherme Fontes, Milton Gonçalves, Taumaturgo Ferreira, Ana Beatriz Wiltgen.
    Abstract: An aspiring young jazz musician searches the Brazilian underworld for his lost love.

  49. Vai trabalhar vagabundo II a volta, Hugo Carvana et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marieta Severo, Hugo Carvana, Marcos Palmeira.

  50. Veja esta canção um filme, Carlos Diegues et al., 1 videocassette (114 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
    Notes: Performer Note: Fernanda Montenegro, Debora Bloch, Pedro Cardoso, Leon Goes.
    Abstract: Four stories of love inspired by the songs of Brasilian musicians: Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Chico Buarque de Holanda.

  51. Video cannibalism, Vincent Carelli et al., 1 videocassette (18 min.), São Paulo, Brasil, New York, NY, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Vincent Carelli (project director), Virginia Valadao (anthropologist), Fausto Campoli (director of Enauene-Naue video).
    Abstract: Shows the introduction of video technology to a small tribe of Brazilian natives, the Enauene-Naue Indians, and their use of the camera to create a motion picture of their own about native contact with gold prospectors.

  52. Xica da Silva, Jarbas Barbosa et al., 1 videocassette (109 min.), New York, N.Y, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Zété Motta, Walmor Chagas, Altair Lima, Elke Maravilha, Stepan Nercessian, Rodolfo Arena, José Wilker.
    Abstract: The story of the legendary Black Slave Xica da Silva. During an 18th century diamond rush, Brazil's interior becomes a scene of wealth and excess where Xica rises in power to become the unofficial Empress of Brazil, vividly fusing European and African culture.

  53. Yndio do Brasil, Silvio Back et al., 1 videocassette (70 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Dramatic poetry readings by José Mayer.
    Abstract: "Yndio do Brasil" is a collage of hundreds of Brazilian films and films from other countries - features, newsreels and documentaries - that show how the film industry has seen and heard Brazilian Indians, since they were filmed in 1912 for the first time. The surprising images are surrounded by music and poetry that inaugurate the viewers in the universe of Brazilian Indians, that is alternately idealised and prejudiced, religious and militaristic, cruel and magic. The director presents this rich film under the motto of Richard Leacock: 'The only good Indian is a filmed Indian'. Sylvio Back: 'The film archives in Brazil are a treasure chest of material that can help us find out more about our existence. By discovering more and more about history, we are able to see the judgements and prejudices about our country in a different light.' Most of the films came from the archives of the Brazilian Cinemath que, the Cinemath que of the Museum for Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro), the Indian museum and the National Archive.



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