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Ganga Zumba (1963)

The life of a runaway slave who founded the Quilombo dos Palmares, an outlaw community of Brazilian slaves.

Director:

Carlos Diegues
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Cast

Credited cast:
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Ganga Zumba (as Antonio L. Sampaio)
Léa Garcia Léa Garcia ... Cipriana
Eliezer Gomes Eliezer Gomes ... Anoroba
Luiza Maranhão Luiza Maranhão ... Dandara
Jorge Coutinho Jorge Coutinho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zózimo Bulbul Zózimo Bulbul
Cartola Cartola
Nara Leão Nara Leão
Procópio Mariano Procópio Mariano
Waldir Onofre Waldir Onofre
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah
Álvaro Pérez Álvaro Pérez
Tereza Raquel
José Scandal José Scandal
Rui Solberg Rui Solberg
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The life of a runaway slave who founded the Quilombo dos Palmares, an outlaw community of Brazilian slaves.

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

16 April 1963 (Brazil) See more »

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Mono
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A Song for Freedom
3 March 2005 | by world2youSee all my reviews

"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.

9/10


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