Directed by Monique Gardenberg, 2007, 96 min.
During Carnaval, in Pelourinho, the historical center of Salvador, a diverse group of poor residents try to make the best of the festive spirit through creativity, irony, humor, and music. Starring well-known actors Lázaro Ramos and Wagner Moura, the film is based in a play by Márcio Meirelles, staged by the Bando de Teatro Olodum in 1992.
Axé Bahia Film Series Curated by Randal Johnson, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, this monthly series includes documentaries, feature films, and artist films showcasing Afro-Brazilian culture and identities.
About the Exhibition: Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis, explores the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia and an internationally renowned center of Afro-Brazilian culture. Featuring more than 100 works from the mid-20th century to the present, including a stunning array of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art, the exhibition explores the complexities of race and cultural affiliation in Brazil, and the provocative ways in which artists have experienced and responded creatively to prevailing realities of Afro-Brazilian identity in Bahia.
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