The Embassy of Brazil to Present Third BRAZILDOCS in Washington

24/06/2010 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

The Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C. will present its third annual documentary film festival from Friday, June 25 through Thursday, July 1. The annual summer festival, titled “III BRAZILDOCS”, returns with six documentaries.

This year’s featured films – each showing once a day for seven days – highlight Brazilian culture, history and diversity. The lineup includes documentaries that have been shown at multiple national and international film festivals, and exhibited in commercial movie theaters throughout Brazil in the past three years.

BRAZILDOCS will be presented at E Street Cinema, recently named the “Best Place to See a Movie” in Washington D.C. by the Washington City Paper. This event is open to the public and tickets are required.

Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the ticket window of the E Street Cinema.

This year’s films are:

Beyond Ipanema (2009)

89 min.

Guto Barra

For decades, Brazilian music has captivated audiences worldwide. What makes Brazilian music such a powerful force? Why does Bossa Nova still lure DJs and producers fifty years after it was created? Why does the Tropicália movement resonate so deeply with the alternative-rock crowd? Beyond Ipanema explores the Brazilian music experience outside of Brazil, accompanied by a custom soundtrack featuring Brazilian classics reinterpreted by a new generation of artists.

The Music Tree (A árvore da música) (2009)

75 min.

Otavio Juliano

In the devastated Atlantic Rainforest off the coast of Brazil, the population of trees that produce pernambuco wood –used in the manufacturing of fine violin, cello, and viola bows since the time of Mozart – have become highly endangered. This film dives into the activism aimed at saving the trees, along with the music that depends on them.

Dzi Croquettes (2009)

110 min.

Raphael Álvarez and Tatiana Issa

The story of a Brazilian theater group who, through talent, irony and humor, confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship in the 1970’s, revolutionizing the gay movement worldwide and changing theater and dance for an entire generation.

The Mystery of Samba (O mistério do samba) (2008)

80 min.

Lula Buarque de Hollanda

This documentary explores the everyday life of the members of Velha Guarda da Portela, the legendary group of samba school players who hold the record for the most titles won in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro – and how this life becomes the inspiration for their beautiful songs. Guided by contemporary singer-songwriter Marisa Monte, who interviews many of the musicians, the film also delves into Velha Guarda’s history, with Monte coaxing songs from the older musicians – many never recorded – that risk being forgotten. Sure to delight all music lovers, the film also features special appearances by contemporary Brazilian stars Paulinho da Viola and Zeca Pagodinho.

On the Stage (Jogo de cena) (2007)

105 min.

Eduardo Coutinho

Following a newspaper ad, 83 ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho. 23 of them were selected and have their interviews shot in a Rio de Janeiro theater. Their stories have been re-enacted by famous Brazilian actresses, including Marília Pera, Andréa Beltrão and Fernanda Torres, thus blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.

Mestre Bimba, the Enlightened Capoeira (Mestre Bimba, a Capoeira iluminada) (2007)

78 min.

Luis Fernando Goulart

The film explores the Brazilian art of capoeira – its history and significance as a great puzzle piece to Brazilian’s culture. Capoeira is illustrated through the story of player and educator Manuel dos Reis Machado, known as Mestre Bimba.


The E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW) is conveniently located within close proximity to the Metro Center and Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stops, accessible from blue, green, orange, red and yellow lines.

For the III BRAZILDOCS schedule, please visit

Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Julie Feldman, 301-585-5034


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