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Afro-Brazil 2014: Tropicália Documentary Screening In BK

NYC: Catch a documentary screening of 'Tropicalia' and get acquainted with the psychedelic genre in the lead up to Brazil 2014.


As we gear up for next summer's World Cup in Brazil 2014, we'll be taking moments to highlight some select Brazilian tracks that come across our desks. From capoeira music (an accompaniment to the sport) and maracatu to samba and the favela-bred baile funk, the influence of African cultures & sounds on the South American nation's own arts is immeasurable. In our series Afro-Brazil 2014 we'll be digging into a few of these 'ritmos e batidas' from Brazil.

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Afropop Worlwide and Williamsburg's Videology will be hosting the US theatrical premiere of Tropicália: A Film by Marcelo Machado. The film highlights the rise of the 1960s Brazilian artistic movement which was birthed out of the concept of antrópofago or "cultural cannibalism" — a theory put forth by poet Oswald de Andrade that encouraged the fusion of Brazilian culture with foreign influences. The musical genre tropicália took sonic cues from traditional Brazilian music, psychedelic rock, African rhythms and the avant-garde and was led by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and Tom Zé. The film also explores the "struggle [tropicália] artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought" at a time of political turbulence in Brazil. Watch the trailer below and don't miss the screening this Friday 11/8 at 8PM at Videology (308 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY).

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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