A few weeks before Carnival, slum boys organize huntings for stray cats, whose leather can be used in Samba percussion instruments, like the Tamborim, a small drum.
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In Rio de Janeiro, near to the Carnival, a group of boys from the slums in the hills chase cats to sell them to make a small percussion drum called "tamborim" and raise some money. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Poor Life of Cats Near to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
29 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Rio de Janeiro, near to the Carnival, a group of boys from the slums in the hills chase cats to sell them to make a small percussion drum called "tamborim".

When I was a boy in the 60's, the strays cats simply vanished from Rio de Janeiro a couple of days before Carnival. The explanation was that poor people hunted them to sell the leather for manufacturing a percussion instrument called "tamborim", and the flesh to be sold by street vendors in small barbecues as if they were cow or ox meat. Joaquim Pedro de Andrade made this short visibly inspired by "Rio 40 Graus" picturing this reality through a group of boys that organizes a "chase to the cats" to raise some money. The story shows the economical situation superseding the sorrow or love the boy might feel for the animal, showing an "upper class cat" having the same fate of the stray cats, in spite of the boy have some feelings for it. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Couro de Gato" ("Cat's Leather")


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