LAS Brazil Film Series 2018-2019


LAS is pleased to be partnering with the Latin American Training Center for our NEW Brazil Film Series!! All films are FREE and Open to the public. They will be shown Thursdays at the Center for Creative Photography Auditorium, Room 108.

Dates: Sept 6, Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Feb 7, and Feb 21

Location: Center for Creative Photography, room 108

Time: 5:30-7:30PM

Info: contact Clea Conlin

See flyer for more information


Terra Vermelha Film PosterTerra Vermelha (Birdwatchers)

Thursday September 6th, 5:30 p.m.

Center for Creative Photography, Room 108


Director: Marco Bechis

Production Company: Classic, Karta, Gullane, Rai Cinema

Release Date: 2008

Principal Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Chiara Caselli, Matheus Nachtergaele

Region/State: Mato Grosso do Sul State

Synopsis: Shot over 10 weeks in 2007, “Birdwatchers” focuses on a group of Guaraní-Kaiowá as they attempt to reclaim their land from a local farmer. While birdwatching tourists enjoy the attentions of a wealthy cattle rancher, the Guaraní-Kaiowá eke out a precarious existence, laboring on sugar cane plantations and living in a shabby squatter settlement.  The film courageously documents the contradictory lives of the Guaraní-Kaiowá, who appear engaging in age-old traditions in one moment, but in the next listening to techno music while consuming potent Brazilian rum as an intoxicant.




Encantados film poster

Encantados (Encantados)

Thursday September 20th, 5:30pm

Center for Creative Photograhpy, Rm 108

Director: Tizuka Yamasaki
Production Company: Scena Filmes
Release Date: 2014
Principal Cast: Letícia Sabatella, José Mayer, Dira Paes
Region/State: Amazonas State
Synopsis: Zeneida, a young girl of mixed blood, is unique -- more daring, stubborn, and probably the smartest of her ten siblings. But when they move to Marajó Island, she feels suffocated. In constant clashes with her family – and her overbearing father during his intermittent visits – she surrenders to her fantasies, running away with her enigmatic island friend, Antonio. Ultimately, she defies her own demons to wander beyond the path that life had seemingly chosen for her. A captivating performance by the young actress, Carolina Oliveira. 


Palavra (En)cantada Film Poster

Palavra (En)cantada (Palavra (En)cantada) 

Thursday October 4th, 5:30pm

Center for Creative Photography, Rm 108

Director: Helena Solberg

Production Company: Radiante Filmes

Release Date: 2009

Principal Cast: Arnaldo Antunes, Maria Betânia, Chico Buarque, Antônio Cícero

Region/State: Rio de Janeiro

Synopsis: What literature is to France, music is to Brasil, where poets write lyrics and lyricists wax poetic to contribute to an explosion of popular musical styles. This musical documentary weaves archival footage with discussions of contemporary Brazilian music with some of its great contemporary composers and performers.



Margaret Mee and the Moonflower Film PosterMargaret Mee and the Moonflower (Margarete Mee e a Flor da Lua)
October 18th, 5:30 pm

Center for cretive Photography


Director: Malu de Martino

Production Company: E.H. Filmes

Release Date: 2013

Principal Cast: Patricia Pilar

Region/State: Amazonas State

Synopsis: Margaret Mee, a pioneer botanical illustrator, moved to Brazil in the 1950s and used her more than 400 illustrations of Brazilian flora to establish a reputation as one of foremost environmental advocates of her era. This documentary draws on her diaries, interviews and commentaries to reveal a tireless fighter on behalf of the fragile ecosystem in the world.


O Quatrilho film posterO Quatrilho (O Quatrilho)
November 1, 5:30pm

Center for Creative Photography, Room 108

Director: Fabio Barreto
Production Company: Filmes do Equador
Release Date: 1995
Principal Cast: Glória Pires, Patricia Pillar, Alexandre Paternost, Bruno Campos
Region/State: Rio Grande do Sul State
Synopsis: Quatrilho is a Brazilian four-card game in which the player has to deceive his partner in order to win. The film follows the story of two Italian immigrant couples living in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the early 20th century. As they struggle to adjust to an unfamiliar environment, an unexpected love between Massimo and Teresa emerges. Defying family ties and cultural traditions, they head to a new destiny, leaving their partners behind.


Gonzaga Film PposterGonzaga: De Pai para Filho (Gonzaga – From Father to Son)
February 12, 5:30pm

Center for Creative Photography, Room 108

Director: Breno Silveira

Production Company: Conspiração Filmes

Release Date: 2012

Principal Cast: Chambinho do Acordeon, Júlio Andrade, Nanda Costa.

Region/State: Northeastern/ Ceará, Pernambuco

Synopsis: Separated as much by their political and artistic views as by family circumstances, father and son Luiz Gonzaga and Gonzaguinho proved united in their love of music and love for each other. This uniquely Brazilian take on the musical biopic chronicles a family saga that transformed a regional musical form from Pernambuco into a thriving national musical genre.

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation Film PosterThe Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)
February 26, 5:30pm

Center for Creative Photography

Director: Cao Hamburger

Production Company: Gullane Films, Caos Produções

Release Date: 2006

Principal Cast: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Paulo Autran

Region/State: São Paulo

Synopsis:  Prior to the 1970 World Cup, Daniel and Miriam suddenly leave Belo Horizonte and drive to São Paulo with their ten-year-old son Mauro, where he will stay with his grandfather Mótel while they go on vacation. They promise to be back in time the Brazilian National Soccer Team´s first game. Mauro waits in front of Mótel´s apartment, but when his next-door-neighbor, Shlomo, arrives, he tells the boy that Mótel died suddenly. The bewildered boy is sheltered by Shlomo and the Jewish community, including a young neighbor, Hanna, who helps him make new friends, even as he watches the military police maneuver on the streets while waiting for his parents to return.