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Popular Brazilian music performed on Paulista Avenue, São Paulo.

A celebration of the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and cinema will be the focus of a Brazilian Film Festival, co-organised by the Embassy of Brazil and Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Portugese) Programme.

The festival will run from 2-6 August on the Wellington campus and will showcase four documentaries depicting the lives of Brazilian musical composers and performers from a large span of musical styles – all in Portuguese, with English subtitles.

The festival opens with a film about Vinicius de Moraes, (Vinícius) the iconic, larger-than-life poet, diplomat and founding father of Bossa Nova (a style of music derived from the Samba). Also, on the opening day, as a celebration of Vinicius’ passion for the Brazilian African heritage, there will be a live presentation of Capoeira (uniquely Brazilian dance and fight style)by Mestre Biraand his group of artists.

The life of Cartola, (Cartola, the samba legend) a leading composer of Samba, will be depicted on 3 August, followed on August 4 by a documentary on Herbert Vianna, (Herbert up close) the leader of rock band Paralamas do Sucesso – one of the most talented and long-lasting Brazilian pop groups. The festival ends with Nelson Freire, a documentary on the world-renowned classic pianist by João Moreira Salles, one of Brazil’s finest directors.

Brazil’s Ambassador to New Zealand Paulo Camargo says, “The Embassy of Brazil is proud to partner with Massey University’s Portuguese Programme to make this event come true. We look forward to seeing the community there.”

For more information, or to register to attend, click here.

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