Joana is a sophisticated, beautiful woman, so she has a choice of lovers, and destinies. She will let down Pierre, the French consul at Sao Paulo, and with him the frivolity of tea-parties ... See full summary »
Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged ... See full summary »
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
"Ganga Zumba" is, to this very day, one of the greatest films ever made about slavery and the formation of African-based cultures on the Americas. Its brutally honest and poetic style are drenched in respect and admiration for the African people, in a nostalgic, hopeful way.
It's unfortunate that director Carlos Diegues went on to produce increasingly worse films with each new of his outings, for this one has stood the test of time like a fine black diamond.
Along with "Black God, White Devil" and "Barren Lives" this is a Brazilian Classic from the now legendary art movement "Cinema Novo", yet for some unknown reason this film is seldom talked about or remembered. A fact that does not diminish its astounding quality, easily on-par with the titles mentioned above.
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