Director: Carlos Diegues
Country: Brazil
Year: 1982
Running Time: 114 min.
Language: Portuguese


This historical saga of runaway slave communities of northeastern Brazil is a stirring fusion of folklore, politics, and dynamic storytelling set to the pulsing beat of Gilberto Gil’s musical score. It chronicles the most famous of these self-governing communities which flourished under reign of the legendary Ganga Zumba.

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About the Director

Carlos Diegues

carlos-diegues-01Biography: Carlos Diegues (born May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil) studied law in Rio de Janeiro, whilst also running film clubs. He became a film critic and directed short films imbued with social realism. A pioneer of Cinéma Novo, in particular with Glauber Rocha, he sought to imprint Brazilian filmmaking on the national consciousness. His first feature films Ganga Zumba (1963) and A Grande Cidade (The Big City – 1966), spoke of his dream of a fairer world. He then went on to direct Os Herdeiros (1969), Joanna Francesa (1975) with Jeanne Moreau and Xica da Silva (1976) which ushered in a period of great popularity for Brazilian cinema, reinforced by the success of Summer Showers (1978) an Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival, as were Bye Bye Brazil (1979), Quilombo (1982) and Um Trem para as estrelas (Subway to the Stars – 1988). His exploration of popular culture continued with Veja esta Canção (1994) and Orfeu (2000). In 2006, he won the Best Film Award at the Montreal Festival, with The Greatest Love in the World.

(Source: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/artist/id/11258051.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Xica da Silva (1997);
Bye Bye Brazil (1979);
Quilombo (1997).

Fuga (1960);
Domingo (1961);
Cinco Vezes Favela (1962);
Ganga Zumba (1963);
A Grande Cidade [The Big City] (1966);
Os Filhos do Medo (1967);
Oito Universitarios (1967);
Os Herdeiros (1969);
When Carnival Comes (1972);
Joanna Francesca (1975);
Xica da Silva (1976);
Summer Showers (1978);
Bye Bye Brazil (1979);
Quilombo (1982);
Um Trem para as Estrelas [Subway to the Stars] (1988);
Better Days Ahead (1990);
Veja esta Canção (1994);
Tieta do Agreste (1996);
Orfeu (2000);
God is Brazillian (2003);
The Greatest Love in the World (2006);
No Reason Explains the War (2006)
Rio de fé (2013).