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Portuguese Language Videos

(Our videos ARE NOT FOR SALE, some may be available for purchase at the Las Americas Film Network)

  1. The adventures of Baron Munchausen, Terry Gilliam, 1 videodisc (126 min.), Culver City, Calif, 1998.
    Abstract: The amazing journeys of Baron von Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms with the object of saving a European city from the superior forces of a Turkish sultan.

  2. Africa dreaming, Richard Pakleppa et al., 1 videocassette (109 min.), San Francisco, CA, 1997.
    Abstract: Africa dreaming is a landmark in African television, a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent. It is designed to give Africans a rare opportunity to speak directly to each other in their own words and images. It is also the first continent-wide media project in which South Africa has played a leading role. Africa dreaming may be a harbinger of what South Africa's advanced telecommunications infrastructure can contribute to the long-term goal of creating a regional film and television industry. Series Executive Producer Jeremy Nathan asked for script proposals for 26 minute dramatic shorts on the broad theme of "love in Africa." Six programs were selected and produced from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Senegal and Tunisia; four are included on this cassette.

  3. Amor bandido Beloved lover, Bruno Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), New York, NY, 1990.
    Abstract: Romantic melodrama about a baby-faced punk named Toninho, who struggles to make ends meet by murdering cab drivers for their money, and Sandra, the pretty Rio de Janeiro hooker who becomes his mistress.

  4. Anjos do arrabalde Suburban angels, Betty Faria et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 104 min.), New York, N.Y, 1987.
    Abstract: A drama based on the real lives of schoolteachers who try to maintain a sense of dignity as they struggle to survive in the sprawling suburbs around Sao Paulo. In its portrayal of love and violence among urban Brazil's lower and middle classes, the film expands and deepens the treatment of sexual politics previously explored by Reichenbach in his low budget, exploitation "porno-chanchadas".

  5. Ariella Ariela, John Herbert et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), Argentina, 1919.

  6. Bahia, Africa in the Americas, Geovanni Brewer et al., 1 videocassette (58 min.), Berkeley, CA, 1988.
    Abstract: Elements of African culture are powerfully expressed in the food, art, dance, and most importantly, the Candomblé (Umbanda) religion of the Afro-Brazilian majority of the state of Bahía.

  7. Barrela escola de crimes ; Nádia Filmes apresentar um film e de Marco António Cury ; uma produção de Marcelo França, Marco Antonio Cury et al., 1 videocassette (72 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1990.

  8. Black Orpheus, Sacha Gordine et al., 2 videodiscs (103 min.), Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
    Abstract: "Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed.

  9. Boca de Ouro, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 199-.

  10. Le bouillon d'awara Awara soup, Marie Clémence Blanc-Paes, Cesar Paes, and California Newsreel (Firm), 1 videocassette (71 min.), San Francisco, CA, 1995.
    Abstract: Introduces the viewer to one of the worl'd most multi-cultural communities, a global village in the backcountry of French Guiana.

  11. Brazil in transition?, Roger Lang, David Parker, and Martha Saldaña, 1 videocassette (43 min.), Stanford? Calif, 1985?
    Abstract: Using extensive archival footage, this film is a study of Brazil of the last 20 years, based on an anlysis of the economic and political situation there since the 1964 military coup. The film is divided into three parts entitled: (1) Order and progress, (2) Free direct elections now!, and (3) Rain or shine?

  12. Bye bye Brasil Bye bye Brazil, Luiz Carlos Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (115 min.), New York, N.Y, 1989.
    Abstract: The film follows a troup of carnival-type entertainers in a land caught up in an avalanche of social change.

  13. Cabra marcado para morir Hombre marcado par morir, Eduardo Coutinho et al., 1 videocassette (XX min.), Uruguay, 1993.
    Abstract: Twenty years after the Brazilian military coup interrupted work on the film biography of the peasant leader, João Pedro Teixeira (assassinated on the orders of a landowner in 1962), director Eduardo Coutinho managed to complete his work, however with a totally different significance. Returning to the Northeast with what he could rescue from his original work, he begins by assembling the peasants who participated in his original project (or at least those who survived), showing them images of the past, and recording the declarations reactions and testimonies of a sector of society reduced to silence by 20 years of dictatorship. Preceded by Las 100 películas (referenced by "El nordeste en el cine Brasileño" on container), which consists of segments of O Cangeceiro (Brazil, 1953; director: Lima Barreto), Vidas secas (Brasil, 1963; director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos); Deus e o diabo na terra do sol (Brazil, 1964; director: Glauber Rocha); and O pais de Sao Sarué (Brazil, 1971; director: Vladimir Carvalho).

  14. Capitalismo selvagem Savage capitalism, Fernanda Torrers et al., 1 videocassette (86 min.), Chicago, IL, 1994.
    Abstract: A romance between a reporter and a mining company executive. The romance crumbles when the executive's wife, long presumed dead, returns and drives the couple, the company and the country to the brink of a national disaster.

  15. Carlota Joaquína princesa do Brazil, André Abujamra et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Brazil, 1994.
    Abstract: Spain, 1785: Carlota Joaquina, a child who has been promised to Dom João IV of Portugal. She must go to Portugal, where she discovers the truth of the royal life--the deceptions, the infidelities and the mistresses. Following the death of Dom José and declaration of his wifes' insanity, João and Carlota ascend to the throne, but in the turmoil of French Revolution spilling into the Iberian peninsula, she flees to the colony of Brazil.

  16. Carmen Miranda bananas is my business, Helena Solberg et al., 1 videodisc (90 min.), New York, 1998.
    Abstract: Using archival footage, film fragments, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind-the-scenes to convey the true life story of the "Brazilian Bombshell," Carmen Miranda.

  17. A causa secreta, Sergio Bianchi et al., 1 videocassette (93 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.

  18. Cecilia, Daisy Granados et al., 3 videocassettes (290 min.), Cuba?
    Abstract: A beautiful and mysterious mulatto woman moves between Black and White worlds in an age when slavery is still practiced and the rights of negros is an issue of debate.

  19. Central station, Walter Salles et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 106 min.), Culver City, Calif, 1999.
    Abstract: When a young boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing.

  20. Cinema de lágrimas, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (96 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: An exploration of melodrama in Latin American cinema through the story of an emotionally distant film professor who is persuaded to look at a student project on the history of melodrama in Latin American cinema. Through his viewing, he finds a path to his own tears.

  21. Como era gostoso o meu francês How tasty was my little Frenchman, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (84 mins), New York?, 1971?
    Abstract: In the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, a French soldier is captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians.

  22. Conteerrãneos velhos de guerra Vertovisão ; direção-produ aõ, Vladimir Carvalho, Vladimir Carvalho et al., 2 videocassettes (175 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
    Abstract: The building of Brasilia in the late 1950's made by "nordestinos" (North Eastern Brazil) who left behind their small possessions, hunger and drought in the belief of finding food, work and money in the new promised land. A dramatic espisode omitted by the authorities at that time is recalled by the remaining workers: a brutal massacre in 1959 in a building under construction. Interviews reveal contradictory opinions ranging from a humble worker to Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.

  23. Curta com as estrelas, Malu Mader et al., 1 videocassette (77 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 199-.

  24. Curta os gaúchos, José Paulo Moreira da Fonseca et al.Rio de Janeiro, 199-.

  25. Delirios de um anormal = Hallucinations of a deranged mind, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.

  26. Deus e o diabo na terra do sol Black God, white devil, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (102 min.), Minneapolis, Minn., 1988?
    Abstract: Lampião, the cangaceiro hero to the impoverished people of Brazil's northeastern sertão, is murdered. Demoralized, the people turn to magic. Two peasants, Rosa and Manuel, become involved with a sect but kill the leader when he sacrifices an infant. Rosa and Manuel flee to join Corisco, former follower of Lampião, as he is stalked by Lampiao's assasin.

  27. Deus e o diabo na terra do sol Dios y el Diablo en la tierra del sol, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (115 min.), Uruguay, 1919.
    Abstract: An account of the adventures of fictional hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of common rural worker Manuel into a life of crime, joining the gang of Antonio's sworn enemy, Corisco the Blond Devil, and the Pedra Bonita Massacre.

  28. The dolphin, Walter Lima et al., 1 videocassette (95 min.), New York, 1991.
    Abstract: "The Dolphin is a tale of power, fantasy and sensuous desire set on the beautiful beaches of northern Brazil. It's an enchanting story surrounding the seductive legend of a dolphin-man called Boto"--Container.

  29. Dona Flor e seus dois maridos Dona Flor and her two husbands, Sonia Braga et al., 1 videocassette (106 min.), New York, N.Y, 1990.
    Abstract: A comedy about a young and beautiful widow who makes a respectable second marriage but cannot escape the high-spirited ghost of her caddish but much-loved first husband.

  30. El Mariachi Desperado, Robert Rodriguez et al., 1 videodisc (ca. 81 min., 103 min.), Culver City, Calif, 1998.
    Abstract: In "El mariachi", a would-be musician is mistaken for a criminal and must fight for his life. "Desperado" tells the story of a guitar player out for vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend. In "Bedhead", a young girl must use telekinetic powers to battle her brother.

  31. Eles não usam black tie They don't wear black tie, Leon Hirszman et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), New York, NY, 1983.

  32. Favelas um documentário = Slums, Chico Teixeira et al., 1 videocassette (50 min.), New York, NY, 1986.
    Abstract: Documentary film explores the squatter settlement slum areas, or favelas, of São Paulo, Brazil. Discusses the factors leading to their creation and their subculture. Interviews with social service workers and inhabitants of the favelas are interspersed with poetic narrative commentary on and photographic observation of life in the favelas.

  33. Four days in September, Bruno Barreto and Miramax Films, 1 videocassette (ca. 107 min.), Burbank, CA, 1998.
    Abstract: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend Cesar join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life.

  34. Gabriela, Jorge Amado et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), NY i.e. New York, NY, 1985?
    Abstract: Set in Brazil, this story tells of a middle-aged bar owner whose passionate romance with young Gabriela sends sparks flying in a town where sex and politics are the main diversions.

  35. Gaijin caminhos da liberdade = caminos de la libertad, Tizuka Yamasaki et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Mexico, 199-.
    Abstract: Story of young Japanese at the turn of the century who emigrate to Brazil to work the booming coffee plantations and to raise a family. They dream of one day returning to Japan but sickness and death surround them as they struggle to defend the rights of the workers and they remain in Brazil.

  36. Ghostbusters II, Bill Murray et al., 1 videodisc (108 min.), Culver City, CA, 1999.
    Abstract: The Ghostbusters team regroup when the infant son of single mother Dana Barrett becomes the target of a demonic force. They must put a stop to an enormous underground river of slime ready to rot the roots of the Big Apple.

  37. Guerra conjugal, Dalton Trevisan et al., 1 videocassette, Rio de Janeiro, 198.
    Abstract: A genially humorous collection of stories which run parallel, get crossed or simply follow one another and which portray various citizens of the provincial city of Curitiba, a sinister and timid young man, a gallant lawyer, a old couple. As the director explains, the film affirms the possibility of redemption through an excess of sin.

  38. Happily ever after, Regina Duarte et al., 1 videocassette (108 min.), Washington, D.C, 1988.
    Abstract: Regina Duarte plays a successful interior designer and houswife. By chance, she meets the man of her dreams, a street hustling bisexual prostitute who leads her away from the safety of her upper middle class existence into a seedy world where she becomes his sultry partner in crime.

  39. A Hora da estrela, Suzana Amaral et al., 1 videocassette (96 min.), NY i.e. New York, N.Y, 1987.
    Abstract: A young woman in search of success moves from Brazil's arid Northeast to the teeming city of São Paulo, where only her fantasies can make the poverty she finds bearable.

  40. Igreja da libertação Church of liberation, Silvio de Rin and Icarus Films, 1 videocassette (59 min.), New York, N.Y., 1985.
    Abstract: Examines the Catholic Church's role in the political and social life in 1980s Brazil.

  41. In the white city, Alain Tanner, Bruno Ganz, and Teresa Madruga, 1 videocassette (108 min.), New York, 1992.
    Abstract: Paul, a sailor, jumps ship in Lisbon and meets Rosa, a beautiful woman, at a local bar. Together, they descend into an existential borderland where annihilation and enlightenment converge.

  42. Iracema, Eva Grundmann et al., 1 videocassette (98 min.), New York, 1989?
    Abstract: Tells the story of the travels of Iracema, a young prostitute in Brazil who becomes the victim of a corrupt system which threatens to destroy not only her but also the Brazilian wilderness and Brazil itself.

  43. It's all true, Orson Welles et al., 1 videocassette (86 min.), Hollywood, Calif, 1994.
    Abstract: Welles' ambitious film project in Brazil for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy" was shelved by RKO. This documentary features the story of the film's making and unmaking and includes portions of "Story of Samba (Carnaval)", "My friend Bonito" and all of "Four men on a raft" which was the only part of the project completed.

  44. Jenipapo, Monique Gardenberg et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: When priest of the people Father Stephen, beloved for his ability to speak out against the Brazilian government, uncharacteristically remains silent in the weeks before a crucial land vote, a reporter tries to ferret him out.

  45. Jubiabá, Nelson Pereira dos Santos et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1988?
    Abstract: "Baseado no livro homônimo de Jorge Amado, o filme Jubiabá conta a história de um amor impossível, o amor entre o negro Antônio Balduíno e a loura Lindanala.".

  46. Latinas and AIDS, Marta Noemi Bautis and Newsreel (Firm), 1 videocassette (47 min.), New York, N.Y, 1998.
    Abstract: Maria suspects that her husband is being unfaithful. "And have you thought about AIDS?," her friends warns her. The development of the story is juxtaposed by documentary elements filmed in Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and the United States, in which women are interviewed about their knowledge and attitudes about AIDS and preventative measures, if any, they are taking.

  47. Lisbon story, Wim Wenders et al., 1 videocassette(100 min.), S.l., 1997.
    Abstract: The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks later, Monroe has disappeared but has left the unfinished film. Winter decides to stay, because he is fascinated of the city and the Portuguese singer Teresa, and he starts to record the soundtrack. At the same time Monroe cruises through the city with a camcorder and tries to capture the magic on film. Later they meet and Winter convinces Monroe to finish the film.

  48. Los chiflados del SWAT en busca de la caja nuclear, Dedé Santana et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), Argentina, 1919.
    Abstract: The S.U.A.T.E special forces foil a nuclear plot despite themselves.

  49. Love strange love, Mauro Mendonça et al., 1 videocassette (97 min.), Stamford, CT, 1985.
    Abstract: A young boy discovers sexual pleasure by coming to live with his mother in a luxurious brothel.

  50. Lua de cristal, Tizuka Yamasaki et al., 1 videocassette (88 min.), Montevideo, Uruguay, Argentina, 199-.
    Abstract: Fairytale about a beautiful young woman who goes to the big city in search of her fame and fortune. She is sent to a hotel run by an evil-stepmother type and made to work as a lowly servant, but soon overcomes her circumstances to find happiness and love.

  51. Luoco por cinema, André Luiz Oliveira et al., 1 videocassette (102 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: A patient in a psychiatric hospital has written a script and tries to convince the administrators to help him make the film. Though they refuse, one of them suggests the patient could direct a show for the Commissioner of Human Rights when he visits the hospital. The patient takes on the challange, but turns the show into an opportunity to take the director hostage. He will release the director, but only if the film can be made. With the help of the Civil Police, a director, actors, and crew are gathered from around the country and brought to the hospital.

  52. Luzia, Claudia Ohana et al., 1 videocassette (112 min.), New York, NYC, 1991.
    Abstract: Set in the plains of central Brazil, Luzia is the story of a beautiful young woman, a cowgirl with extraordinary rodeo skills, who is caught in a clash between squatters and the powerful ranch owners.

  53. A meia-noite levarei sua alma At midnight I'll take your soul away, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle WA : Something Weird Video, 1993.

  54. Mortu nega, Flora Gomes and California Newsreel (Firm), 1 videocassette (93 min.), San Francisco, CA, 1998?
    Abstract: "In 1973, independence was proclaimed [in Guinea Bissau], ending five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle. [This film], Gomes' first feature-length film, made in 1987, ... portrays this critical period in history through the story of one woman, Diminga, whose husband is fighting on the front lines. The camera captures Cabral's assassination, the ending of hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country. The term "Mortu Nega" means those that death did not want, and Gomes films a ceremony using 3000 extras, in which survivors call upon the dead, asking them how they can go on living in such terrible conditions"--From the Le Monde Cannes '96 Supplement, May 10.

  55. Mother of the waters, Elisa Mereghetti Tesser, Judith Illsley Gleason, and Devlin Videoservice, 1 videocassette (30 min.), New York, N.Y, 1994.
    Abstract: Examines the cult of Yemanjá, Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea, in Salvador, Bahia.

  56. O Beijo no asfalto, Bruno Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (80 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 198.

  57. O Bobo The jester, José Alvaro Morais et al., 1 videocassette (124 min.), S.l, 1990?
    Abstract: This film, told in flashback, evolves on two levels: among the members of a Lisbon theatre group in 1978, four years after the Portuguese revolution, and among the characters in the play the group is staging, which is a classic of Portuguesse literature chronicling the political intrigues surrounding the establishment of the Portuguese state in 1125.

  58. O Despertar da besta (ritual dos sadicos) = The awakening of the beast (ritual of the maniacs), Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (90? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.

  59. O estranho mundo de Zé do Caixão The strange world of Zé do Caixão, Jose Mojica Marins et al., 1 videocassette (70? min.), Seattle, WA, 1993.
    Abstract: In O fabricante de bonecas, a dollmaker uses his beautiful assistants in an unusual fashion to acquire eyes for his creations. In Tara a destitute hunchback worships a beautiful woman from afar. She dies on her wedding day and he is then able to adore her at closer range, in her tomb. In Ideología, a professor is unable to convince others during a televised panel discussion that love does not exist. His arguments become more convincing when he gives graphic demonstrations of man's inhumanity to man in his home.

  60. O Mandarim, Júlio Bressane et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.), Rio de Janeiros, 1995.
    Abstract: An experimental feature film, telling the history of 20th-century Brazilian popular music through the life of the singer Mário Reis.

  61. O meu pé de laranja-lima Mi planta de naranja-lima, Aurelio Teixeira et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1919.
    Abstract: Zeze is a 6 year old with extraodinary liveliness and intelligence who lives with his parents, who are very poor, in a shack along a highway in the interior of San Pablo, Brazil. His older brothers have a private retreat in the garden, leaving Zeze alone with a lime tree. In his imagination, he makes the tree his great friend and confidant. With the help of his tree, he faces the difficulties of his family and of growing up.

  62. O quatrilho um jogo de fascínio e sedução, Félix Monti et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Abstract: In Rio Grande do Sul of the early 20th century, two young couples, the sons and daughters of Italian immigrants, face new lives together. Teresa, who is married to Ângelo, and Mássimo, who is married to Pierina, fall in love, contrary to the traditions of their families and culture. Their saga unfolds over the next two decades.

  63. O testamento do Senhor Napumoceno Napumoceno's will, Francisco Manso, 1 videocassette (110 min.), San Francisco, CA, 1998.
    Abstract: "O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno is an epic, or at least an epic farce, from one of the world's least known but most culturally complex societies - Cape Verde. This classic tale of the hollowness at the core of provincial bourgeois life introduces English speaking audiences to Germano Almeida, one of the outstanding writers in Portuguese today. With its novelistic breadth, the film offers a bildungsroman of a man and a society so caught up in the pursuit of conventional success and prestige it overlooks its true self almost until it is too late"--From the California Newsreel Web site.

  64. Orfeu negro Black Orpheus, Sacha Gordine et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Wilmette, Il, 1986?
    Abstract: "Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed.

  65. Os Brasileiros retrato falado de um povo, Maurice Capovilla et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 60 min.), Rio de Janeiro Brazil, 1990?
    Abstract: This program attempts to define Brazil vis-a-vis its people and their national passions.

  66. Os inconfidentes, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 100 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: Using the poems and writings of 4 Brazilian poets, the film weaves a tale of crime and punishment in 18th century Brazil.

  67. Perfume de gardênia, Guilherme de Almeida Prado et al., 1 videocassette (118 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: Daniel is a taxi driver and lives in a poor area of the city with his wife Gisa and son Quim. One day a film is being shot on their street and Gisa is "discovered" by the director when Quim runs out to play on the set. Meanwhile, Daniel is having violent dreams that may have some connection to reality. He is already on edge from the dreams when he discovers his wife has been cast in romantic scenes; he loses his temper and she threatens to shoot him. Years later, he is still plagued by violent hallucinations and is getting into trouble with the police. Quim, now grown, develops an interest in his mother, who is a glamorous star. Daniel plots to end his problems.

  68. Pixote, Hector Babenco et al., 1 videocassette (127 min.), New York, N.Y, 1981.
    Abstract: A realistic dramatization of the brutal underworld inhabited by Brazil's unwanted children, based on the novel Infancia dos mortos by Jose Louzeiro.

  69. Português básico para estrangeiros, Rejane de Oliveira Slade and Julio Sobral, 1 videocassette (46 min.), Brooklyn, NY, 1994.
    Abstract: "This video, presented by three native speakers in a class-room simulation, provides the student with the fundamentals of the Portuguese language. The dialogue emphasizes communication in day-to-day situations. The students have the chance to listen the language, to see the object and read the sentences. All conversations and subtitles are in Brazilian Portuguese."--Container.

  70. Portuguese video, Alexander Caskey et al., 1 videocassette (63 min.), New Haven, Conn., 1989.

  71. Pousadas de Portugal, Enatur-Pousadas de Portugal (Organization), 1 videocassette (14 min.), Lisboa, 1993.
    Abstract: Describes several luxury hotels in different regions of Portugal.

  72. Quilombo, Augusto Arraes et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), New York, NY, 1991.
    Abstract: A dramatization which chronicles the Palmares Quilombo, the most famous of the 17th century Brazilian groups of runaway black slaves. Shows how this self-governing community flourished for several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftan Ganga Zumba.

  73. Rear window, Bandung Limited and Channel Four (Great Britain), 1 videocassette (40 min.), S.l., 1992.
    Abstract: Documentary about Brazilian singer Chico Buarque, whos politically charged lyrics have gotten him in trouble with the military regime in Brazil.

  74. Rei do Rio, Jorge Durán et al., 1 videocassette (107 min.), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1987?
    Abstract: Two men, friends since their childhood, become rivals in a struggle for power and territory in the Brazilian underworld.

  75. Romance da empregada Story of Fausta, Bruno Barreto et al., 1 videocassette (90 min.), New York, 1991.

  76. S. Bernardo, Leon Hirszman et al., 1 videocassette (113 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 198.

  77. Sábado [videorecording], Maria Padihla et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Abstract: The Sábado, a historical building in São Paulo, is the setting for this comedy. A diverse group of people meet under surprising circumstances in a metaphor for modern Brazil.

  78. Salve a Umbanda Hail Umbanda : um filme, José W Araújo et al., 1 videocassette (46 min.), Berkeley, CA, 1988.
    Abstract: A documentary about Umbanda, Brazil's fastest-growing religion. Centers on the cult's pageantry and public festivals as well as its more esoteric, exotic, and rarely-seen ceremonies. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Fortazela, this film includes commentary by numerous authorities and practitioners, and it places Umbanda in the context of Brazil's turbulent history and its cultural and racial melting pot.

  79. Sonata para Arcadio a sonata for Arcadio / dirección, Fernand Timossi. Un cielo lánguido y oxidado = Languid rusty sky / guión y dirección, Patricio A. Riquelme F. Oscuros rinocerontes enjaulados = Dark jailed rhinoceros / guión y dirección, Juan Carlos Cremata. Saborami / direção, Wolney Oliveira. Talco para lo negro = Talc for the black / guión y realización, A. Sotto Díaz, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, 1 videocassette (116 min.), La Habana, Cuba, 199-.
    Abstract: Short films on a variety of topics.

  80. Stories of memory and fire, Alexandra Anderson-Spivy et al., 1 videocassette (40 min., 15 sec.), S.l, 1992.
    Abstract: Interview with Uruguayan author and social commentator Eduardo Galeano. Discusses political, social and economic landscape of Uruguay and greater Latin America.

  81. Terra em transe, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (115 min.), Argentina, 199-.
    Abstract: Allegory of Brazilian politics and history. One of the most ambitious and admired films of Rocha.

  82. Terra em trasne A land in distress, Glauber Rocha et al., 1 videocassette (112 min.), S.l., 199-.
    Abstract: A young poet and journalist is persuaded by his lover to become involved in the politics of his country.

  83. Terra estrangeira, Walter Salles et al., 1 videocassette (110 min.), Brazil, 1995.
    Abstract: The film opens with parallel stories. It's 1990, and Brazil's newly-elected president, Fernando Collor, has frozen all personal savings accounts. Young Brazilians, fearing a bleak economic future, leave the country in droves. Amongst them is Alex, who would rather eke out an existence as a waitress in Portugal than remain in Sao Paolo. Meanwhile, back in Brazil, Paco dreams of traveling abroad, and, when his mother drops dead of shock after learning that the government has confiscated her life's savings, Paco no longer has anything holding him at home. Accepting a "delivery job" from a shady "businessman", Paco is off to Lisbon. When things go wrong, Paco and Alex are thrown together, and end up on the run with a violin full of uncut diamonds and an underworld honcho on their trail.

  84. Tieta do agreste Tieta from the forest, Carlos Diegues et al., 1 videodisc (115 min.), New York, 1998.
    Abstract: The story of a prodigal daughter who returns home to her small town 26 years after leaving.

  85. Um trem para as estrelas, Carlos Diegues et al., 1 videocassette (103 min.), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1987.
    Abstract: An aspiring young jazz musician searches the Brazilian underworld for his lost love.

  86. Vai trabalhar vagabundo II a volta, Hugo Carvana et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1993.

  87. Veja esta canção um filme, Carlos Diegues et al., 1 videocassette (114 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
    Abstract: Four stories of love inspired by the songs of Brasilian musicians: Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Chico Buarque de Holanda.

  88. Video cannibalism, Vincent Carelli et al., 1 videocassette (18 min.), São Paulo, Brasil, New York, NY, 1995.
    Abstract: Shows the introduction of video technology to a small tribe of Brazilian natives, the Enauene-Naue Indians, and their use of the camera to create a motion picture of their own about native contact with gold prospectors.

  89. Voice of the Amazon, Miranda Smith, Better World Society, and Cinema Guild, 1 videocassette (57 min.), New York, 1989.
    Abstract: Through interviews and documentary footage, examines the grass-roots environmental movement in Brazil. Focuses on Chico Mendes, a rubbertapper and environmentalist who was assassinated in 1988 for his role in trying to protect the rainforest from over-exploitation.

  90. Xica da Silva, Jarbas Barbosa et al., 1 videocassette (109 min.), New York, N.Y, 1993.
    Abstract: The story of the legendary Black Slave Xica da Silva. During an 18th century diamond rush, Brazil's interior becomes a scene of wealth and excess where Xica rises in power to become the unofficial Empress of Brazil, vividly fusing European and African culture.

  91. Yndio do Brasil, Silvio Back et al., 1 videocassette (70 min.), Rio de Janeiro, 1995.
    Abstract: "Yndio do Brasil" is a collage of hundreds of Brazilian films and films from other countries — features, newsreels and documentaries — that show how the film industry has seen and heard Brazilian Indians, since they were filmed in 1912 for the first time. The surprising images are surrounded by music and poetry that inaugurate the viewers in the universe of Brazilian Indians, that is alternately idealised and prejudiced, religious and militaristic, cruel and magic. The director presents this rich film under the motto of Richard Leacock: 'The only good Indian is a filmed Indian'. Sylvio Back: 'The film archives in Brazil are a treasure chest of material that can help us find out more about our existence. By discovering more and more about history, we are able to see the judgements and prejudices about our country in a different light.' Most of the films came from the archives of the Brazilian Cinemath que, the Cinemath que of the Museum for Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro), the Indian museum and the National Archive.

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