RAÇA / RACE
Country: Brasil/ USA (2012)
Duration: 104 min
Director: Joel Zito Araújo, Megan Mylan
Producers: Principe Productions, Casa de Criaçao, Joel Zito Araújo
Cast: Netinho de Paula, Miúda dos Santos, Paulo Paim
Synopsis: Raça is a feature-documentary about race in Brazil, a topic igniting passionate debate across the country. Brazil imported ten times more slaves than the U.S. and was the last nation to abolish slavery. Yet, while race has been overtly divisive in most countries with a legacy of slavery, Brazil has long boasted of its intermixing and racial harmony. Today, however, Brazilians are awakening to the reality that opportunity increases directly with the whiteness of one’s skin. Half of all Brazilians are of African descent – the world’s second largest black population – yet they are nearly absent in the halls of power and history books. As their country’s economy booms, millions of black Brazilians are no longer willing for the disparities between light and dark skin to be explained away by class. Raça follows three people on the frontlines of this hauntingly familiar, yet quintessentially Brazilian, battle for equality.
COLEGAS / BUDDIES
Country: Brasil (2012)
Duration: 94 min
Director: Marcelo Galvão
Producers: Gatacine, Marçal Souza
Cast: Ariel Goldenberg, Rita Pokk, Breno Viola
Synopsis: Colegas is a movie that shows the simple things in life in a poetic light through the eyes of three young people with Down syndrome, who love movies and work at the video library of the institution where they have always lived in. One day, inspired by the movie “Thelma & Louise”, they decide to run away using the gardener’s old car to have a freedom experience. They travel to uncommon places in search of three simple wishes: Stalone wants to see the sea, Aninha looks for a husband and Marcio needs to fly. During this search, they embark on several adventures as if life was just child’s play.
AS MELHORES COISAS DO MUNDO / THE BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD
Country: Brasil (2010)
Duration: 100 min
Director: Laís Bodanzky
Producers: Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Débora Ivanov, Gabriel Lacerda
Co-producers: José Carlos Oliveira, Jasmin Pinho, Minom Pinho
Cast: Francisco Miguez, Denise Fraga
Synopsis: In São Paulo, 15 year-old Hermano “Mano” and his 17 year-old sensitive brother Pedro are deeply affected by the destruction of their middle-class family when his father, Horácio, leaves their mother, Camila. Mano is still a virgin and has a crush on Valéria, an easy girl that studies in his class, while Pedro is in love with Bia for whom he has promised eternal love.
OLHOS AZUIS / BLUE EYES
Country: Brasil (2009)
Duration: 111 min
Director: José Joffily
Producers: José Joffily, Heloísa Rezende
Cast: David Rasche, Cristina Lago, Erica Gimpel, Frank Grillo
Synopsis: Before his compulsory retirement, on his last day of work, Marshall, JFK airport’s chief Immigration officer, detains a group of Latin Americans and expose them to a series of humiliating situations. Blinded by prejudice, Marshall ends up causing the death of a young Brazilian. After a period in prison, Marshall goes to Brazil, deadly ill and in a desperate search in order to purge his guilt. In his quest, he is guided by Bia, a young prostitute.
NOITES DE REIS
Country: Brasil (2012)
Duration: 93 min
Director: Vinicius Reis
Producers: Jorge Durán, Gabriel Durán, Peter Rossi and Gisela Hall
Cast: Bianca Byington, Enrique Diaz, Flavio Bauraqui, Rafael Bonfante, Luciana Bezerra and Sidney Martins
Synopsis: After a family tragedy, Dora and her daughter Julia begin to live again, learning to deal with pain. Living in a city on the coast of Rio de Janeiro, they accompany Folia de Reis, with musicians and clowns who brighten the streets of the region. The family routine is shattered by the unexpected return of her husband Jorge, who left wife and daughter after the death of his son Lucas. This meeting will bring back the pain of loss, but the crisis will pave the way to overcome.