Lenine in Continuation

For those that enjoy the music of Lenine, there’s a documentary called Lenine Em Continuação (Lenine in Continuation) by Roberto Pinto that came out last year. Here’s a synopsis (followed by the trailer in PT and a link to the English subtitled version)…

“While working on a new album, Brazilian composer Lenine calls upon his earliest experiences with music to navigate the uncertainty brought to his work in the era of downloads (and vinyl). The film documents perspectives, encounters, creation and how technology serves a passion for art.”

Continuation trailer (with English subs)

How does one get their hands on it? I have no clue but even though it’s from last year, it’s being shown tonight at 7PM in New York at Tribeca. Considering the time difference between California, that means it starts right now. What’s strange is I found the trailer before I found the news that it’s being shown today.

Do Luto A Luta – Down Syndrome in Brazil

Below is the first part of a full documentary (in parts and in Portuguese) I found on Youtube about children with down syndrome in Brazil. It’s a nice piece on the subject, reminds me a bit of a Spanish film Yo Tambien. Fast-foward to 2:15.

90 Days With Catra for Funk Followers

For those who like funk music, an artist named Catra (who I’m not familiar with) made a documentary where the camera follows him throughout his day-to-day and according to Globo, it has become a hit online. There are no subtitles and it’s 27 minutes long. I have yet to see it but I’ve no doubt that it’s full of funk music, funk entourages and groupies, plus women imitating sexual movements for the male gaze. Nonetheless, I’m sure it will be interesting for cultural researchers out there.

Paraopeba Grocery Store – Short Documentary

This is an interesting 7-minute documentary (in PT) on the history of the Paraopeba Grocery Store, in Itabirito, Minas Gerais, a savior of traditions and of the simplicity that is lost with time. Mr. José and his son are still involved with the same kind of simple yet rich grocery store of their ancestors, selling regional products, many times via trade, with a lot of dedication and respect for one another. For me, I’d trade all the supermarkets for shops like this.

An interesting side note. The botequim (bar) resulted from these kinds of stores, or armázens (such as the grocery store you see in the documentary above), and were traditionally owned and run by Portuguese expats in the time of the Portuguese Court in Rio. Customers would come to pick up what they needed and the owner would offer them a drink.

I’ll leave you with a nice song about the store.

Novos Baianos – ‘Cult Movie’

“In 1973, Solano Ribeiro directed the film Novos Baianos Futebol Clube, a co-production of TV Bandierante with a German TV network. The documentary is a look back at the mythic Os Novos Baianos and shows intimate moments with the band members, seen from the Sitio do Vovó in the Rio de Janeiro suburb Jacarepaguá. The unedited short film, which was placed online about a year ago, has become a true cult movie.

In the video below, one can see the first part. The documentary continues by clicking on the second and third part.” – Source (in IT)

More Info

Novos Baianos – Wikipedia

Juca Pato – The Politics of Humor


(His slogan: “Podia ser pior” – “It could be worse”)

Juca Pato was a creation of the cartoonist, illustrator, painter, historian and journalist Benedito Carneiro Bastos Barreto, known by his pseudonym Belmonte. From the 1920’s to the 1940’s, he had his satirical illustrations shown in the newspaper Folha da Noite (later called Folha da Manhã and now known as Folha de São Paulo). From the start of the 30’s and the coup d’etat led by Getúlio Vargas, the DIP (Dept. of Propaganda) prohibited Belmonte from critisizing the Brazilian government through the use of humor, something he had been doing quite successfully throughout the 1920’s (and which was ironically also temporarily prohibited in the current 2010 Presidential race in Brazil).


(Belmonte)

Belmonte’s signature caricature was Juca Pato and the only role that characterized protest for more than 20 years. Juca Pato was the voice of the non-conformists, of the ‘Zé Povinho que sempre paga o pato” (Joe Blow that always gets blamed for everything), he was the common citizen, the worker, the honest one, the tax payer. Juca was often perplexed and irritated at the cost of life, at bureaucracy, political corruption and the exploitation of the people.

The well-humored figure known as Juca Pato spoke the language of the people – he became the name of a race horse, brand of notebook, cigar, bleach, coffee and the unforgetable Juca Pato Bar, in downtown São Paulo, the meeting point for the bohemians of the city, mainly theater actors, radio personalities and soccer players. Back in the late twenties up until the 1940’s, one could ask popular opinion on the streets of São Paulo who best represented them and the answer was likely to be ‘Juca Pato’. I think it’s time Juca gets brought into the 21st century.

Short Documentary (in PT)
Article on Belmonte & Juca (in PT)
Archive of Belmonte texts (in PT)
Banning Political Humor in Brazil – Time

Nelson Freire – Brazil’s best classical pianist

Last night, I saw a Brazilian documentary called Nelson Freire about none other than the man himself, who is one of the world’s brightest classical pianists (who I think looks like William Shatner). The film was sort of pieced together from different vignettes featuring the artist on tour around the world. For those interested in hearing some great piano playing, I recommend the documentary but don’t expect a lot of dialogue. If you enjoy the Brazilian classical scene, I hear Giomar Novães was a virtuoso as well.




More Info
Official site
Nelson Freire IMDB
Giomar Novães playing Chopin