Archive of films Owl / Coruja

Brazil
2001, 15 min

Section: New Brazilian Documentary
Year: 2002

This story, featuring 1980´s Brazilian star Bazerra da Silva, focuses on the boom in pagoda (a variant of samba) and on the message and import of the music that is so vital to the poorer neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Bazerra da Silva sings about life in the favelas, corruption and the distribution of drugs among the poor.


Synopsis

This story, featuring 1980’s Brazilian star Bazerra da Silva, focuses on the boom in pagoda (a variant of samba) and on the message and import of the music that is so vital to the poorer neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Bazerra da Silva is no crooner of love songs; he sings instead about daily life in the favelas, about corruption and the distribution of drugs among the poor. The movie won Best Short at Miami’s 5th Brazilian Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the 29th festival of Brazilian and Latin-American film in Gramado, Brazil as well as other domestic awards. The film was created with financial help from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

About the director

Márcia Derriak graduated in film. Simplício Neto took a degree in social science. Thanks to their mutual love of making documentaries they began creating interesting films that brought filmmaking professionalism to studies of the social aspects of society. Their first co-creation, Dib, about Cinema Novo founder Dib Lutfi, won Best Film at the 13th Rio de Janeiro festival.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: New Brazilian Documentary
   
Director: Márcia Derraik, Simplício Neto
Screenplay: Márcia Derraik, Simplício Neto
Dir. of Photography: Mauro Pinheiro, Jr.
Music: Bezerra da Silva
Editor: Leonardo Domingues
Producer: Márcia Derraik, Simplício Neto
Production: Antenna, TV Zero
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