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Aruanda (1960)

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The real story of Quilombo Olho d'Água da Serra do Talhado, in the State of Paraíba, Brazil, which became institutionally isolated from the rest of the country. Quilombos were runaway slave... See full summary »

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The real story of Quilombo Olho d'Água da Serra do Talhado, in the State of Paraíba, Brazil, which became institutionally isolated from the rest of the country. Quilombos were runaway slave communities in colonial Brazil. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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A Milestone In the History of Brazilian Cinema
8 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the period of the slavery, the runaway slaves formed communities called "Quilombos", a kind of sanctuary and piece of resistance. "Aruanda" exposes the "Quilombo Olho d'Água da Serra do Talhado", em Santana do Sabugi, Paraíba, with people living a primitive life and completely isolated from the Republic of Brazil of the 60's. The tough life of the dwellers is pictured in this documentary through the character of Zé Bento. The place, inhabited by former slaves, is very poor but people do not forget their roots.

Linduarte Noronha made this short documentary in a period where Brazilian "Cinema Novo" was beginning with an inner preoccupation of "Who is the Brazilian Man" and trying to find the "real" roots of the Brazilian men. I personally did not like this documentary, but I absolutely agree with its importance to the moment of the Brazilian cinema. "Aruanda" is a milestone in the history of Brazilian Cinema. In the 60's, the documentaries usually presented the "rites of the power" (acts of the president, governors, majors, politicians, military etc.), quotidian (soccer games, sports, events) of scientific matters. "Aruanda" was the pioneer documentary to reflect the view of the leftists in the 60's, exposing the social reality of a primitive community. In spite of the lack of resources and low budget, this movie is highly recommended for those that studies cinema as art. I saw this movie for the second time on 11 November 2006. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Aruanda"


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