2019, Fri, Jul 05

Besouro | Alma no olho/Soul in the Eye

D: João Daniel Tikhomiroff, BR 2009, 95 min., Portuguese OV with English subtitles | D: Zózimo Bulbul, BR 1973, 11 min., 16 mm, no dialogs

Film still, Besouro | © Enrique Chediak

Film still, Besouro | © Enrique Chediak

A capoeirista battles forced labor and racism | Radical dance performance to music by John Coltrane

Besouro
D: João Daniel Tikhomiroff, BR 2009, 95 min., Portuguese OV with English subtitles

Magical Realism and brilliantly choreographed fights: In 1924, slavery is officially abolished in Brazil. But many landowners still treat employees like serfs. A capoeirista fights against these inhumane structures – embodied in a sadistic colonel – and against the ban on the subversive fight dance.

Alma no olho | © Promo

Alma no olho | © Promo

Alma no olho/Soul in the Eye
D: Zózimo Bulbul, BR 1973, 11 min., 16 mm, no dialogs

A metaphorical search for freedom: In radical dance performed to the music of John Coltrane, to whom the film is dedicated, the filmmaker, actor and activist Zozimo Bulbul tells a story of slavery and liberation from it.