O Descobrimento do Brasil (1937)  --  old film about the armada of Pedro Álvares Cabral discovering Brazil

The Mission (1986)  -- Jesuits in Brazil try to protect natives

Aguirre, the Wrath of God  (1972)  -- a lost 1540s expedition from Peru to the Amazon

X   O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (The Fifth Empire) (2004) – King Sebastian of Portugal, reigned 1554-1578  (currently unavailable)

El Dorado (1988)  --  1560 expedition down Amazon River by Spanish soldiers searching for the fabled city of gold, El Dorado

X Xica (1978) -- slavery in Brazil

Cafundó (2005) – life of black slave in Brazil Joo de Camargo (1858-1942) who led an exemplary life to attain his freedom

Quilombo (1984)  -- illegal towns composed of renegade slaves and others at the bottom that whites just had to destroy

Vendaval Maravilhoso (1949) – Castro Alves, poet of slave  liberation in 19th century Brazil

Desmundo (2002)  --  set in 1570 Brazil a young and religious Portuguese woman travels from Portugal to marry a sugar-cane plantation owner

Ganga Zumba (1963)  --  a runaway slave founds a Quilombo, Palmares, an escaped slave community


Carlota Joaquina - Princesa do Brazil (Carlota Joaquina, Princess of Brazil) (1995) – Carlotta (1775-1830) was in 1785 officially married to the future John VI, King of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves (reign 1816-1826) (currently unavailable)

Guerra de Canudos (The Battle of Canudos) (1997) – war of Canudos in the late 1890's that was Brazil’s bloodiest war (currently unavailable)

Memorias do carcere (Memories of Prison) (1984) – during the 1930's Getúlio Vargas dictatorship (1930-1945) in Brazil, a left-wing writer finds himself in prison

Olga (2004)  –  German-born Jewish communist female pretends to be wife of Brazilian communist leader; both arrested during Vargas dictatorship and she is sent to Nazi Germany

X  Olga Benario:  A Life for the Revolution  -- the story of Olga Benario

Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1958)  -- life amidst the minorities in Brazil and their deep involvement in Carnival

Pixote (1981)  --  the life of a poor boy in Brazil

City of God --  modern day consequences of slavery and racism in Brazil

Cobra Verde (1987) --  young Brazilian goes to West Africa to round up slaves, starring Klaus Kinski  (English subtitles)

The Burning Season (1994)  --  Chico Mendez attempts to protect the Brazilian forests and the rubber workers

O Que É Isso, Companheiro? (Four Days in September)  (1997) -- to oppose the military dictatorship in 1969 young Brazilian leftists kidnap the American ambassador to Brazil

 O Ano em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Férias (The Year my Parents went on Vacation) (2006)  --   set against the military dictatorship in Brazil, 1964-1985

Macunaima  (Jungle Freaks) (1969) --  a comedy set against the turmoil of the Brazilian military coup  

Lamarca (1994)  --  during the military dictatorship in Brazil, a captain deserts the Brazilian Army and becomes one of the most prominent leaders of left-wing guerilla groups

Tenda do Milagres (Tent of Miracles) (1977)  --  racism in Brazil

Os fuzis (The Guns) (1964)-- hunger in the sertâo (backcountry) accompanied by violence between soldiers and peasants

La terra degli uomini rossi (Birdwatchers) (2008)   --  set in Mato Grosso do Sul , Brazil, the destitute local Indians stage an uprising against the wealthy fazenderos (owners of farming plantations)

Bye, Bye Brasil  (Bye, Bye Brazil) (1980)  --  a caravan act starts to go down hill as the old Brazil starts vanishing and the caravan comes to be replaced with movie theaters and television




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