Brazil-Film-SeriesOpening Our Eyes to Brazil

April 11-May 23, 2013

Thursdays, 6:30 pm, 282 Lillis Hall

  •  APRIL 11, Central Station (1998), Walter Salles, 106 minutes. DISCUSSANT: Gabriela Martínez (School of Journalism and Communication).  An emotional journey of a former school teacher, who write letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, in search for the father he never knew.
  • APRIL 25, Captains of the Sand (2011), Cecília Amado and Guy Gonçalves, 96 minutes. DISCUSSANT: Simone da Silva (Romance Languages) A year in the lives of a gang of street kids known as Captains of the Sands, who are hunted like common criminals and later became men as they discovered sex, death, and freedom.
  • MAY 2, Line of Passage (2008), Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas, 113 minutes. DISCUSSANT: Monique Balbuena (Honors College)  Working-class single mother Cleuza tries with only intermittent success to keep them on the straight and narrow in a corrupt, sprawling, anonymous city.
  • MAY 9 , Antonia (2006), Tata Amaral, 90 minutes. DISCUSSANT: Simone da Silva (Romance Languages)  Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road to success is riddled with sexi
  • MAY 16, Almost Brothers (2004), Lucia Murat, 102 minutes. DISCUSSANT: Victoria Langland (Department of History, UC Davis. Switching back and forth in time between the 1970s and the 2000s, the film follows the friendship between a middle-class left-wing political activist and a criminal from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.
  • MAY 23, Zuzu Angel (2006), Discussant: Marc Hertzman (Center for Brazilian Studies, Columbia University)