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Bel Borba Aqui -- Bel Borba Aqui - um homem e uma cidade
Synopsis: In Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco calls the city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the “Black Rome.” The rich culture of Salvador emanates from a fusion of European, African, and Native Indian roots. Today, tattooed onto the skin of the cityʼs 500-year-old urban landscape, one observes the ubiquitous public artwork created by the artist Bel Borba over the past 35 years. The documentary film, Bel Borba Aqui, reflects the intense and intimate relationship between this historically rich city and her beloved native son, Bel Borba. This film shares Bel’s ebullient personality through constant acts of creation. We see him in moments of joy and madness, creating large-scale outdoor art at lightning speed and then working alone in deep introspection. Bel’s art draws inspiration from his surroundings, and inspires others, particularly people in impoverished neighborhoods, to join him in creating art that improves their environment. Bel, known as “the people’s Picasso,” is also a man with flaws, fears and struggles, and yet, Bel is a shrewd man who navigates effortlessly from high society to the favelas of the forgotten people. Belʼs own voice narrates the film, which, instead of following a chronological order, is composed of a series of short narratives. Interlinked events weave through the film like one of his famed street mosaics, constructed piece by piece. This lyrical journey unfolds Bel and his world into one masterpiece that can only be realized as a whole once it is complete. The film examines a celebrated artist facing his own mortality through cinematic gestures of subtle playfulness that reflect Bel Borba himself, and how he transforms his art to breathe new life into a city he loves.


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Burt Sun
Andre Costantini (co-director)
Burt Sun (co-writer)
Andre Costantini (co-writer)
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Bel Borba Aqui Movie Review
 (From ShockYa. 28 September 2012, 4:10 AM, PDT)

Directed by
Burt Sun 
Andre Costantini (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andre Costantini  co-writer
Burt Sun  co-writer

Produced by
Marco Gramacho .... associate producer
Guil Macedo .... associate producer
Burt Sun .... producer
Michelle Sun .... co-producer
Debra Winger .... executive producer
Mery Carla Monteiro Xavier .... co-producer
Original Music by
Eliano Braz 
Bob Hart 
Darren Morze 
Michael Wall 
Cinematography by
Andre Costantini 
Film Editing by
Daniel Burity 
Andre Costantini 
Vanessa Reiser Shaw 
Sound Department
Richard Spooner .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
B.J. Smith .... special effects
Roi Werner .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcilia Barros .... additional camera
Daniel Burity .... additional camera
Leonardo Dantas .... additional camera
Alessandro Souza .... additional camera
Csaba Sulyok .... additional photography
Csaba Sulyok .... cameraman
Burt Sun .... camera operator
Burt Sun .... cameraman
Animation Department
Burt Sun .... animator
Other crew
Alessandro Souza .... location manager

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95 min
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