The Samba Within Me

Geórgia Guerra-Peixe takes us on a journey through her native Mangueira, a slum district in Rio de Janeiro hosting one of Brazil´s top samba schools.

Among the characters we meet is Mestre, the leader the school, whose imitation of a full Samba band puts Hip-Hop beatboxers to shame.

There is also “Granny”, whose grandmother was a slave and who earned her nickname by having 168 great-grandchildren.

At first the stories seem mundane, but the relaxed highlights make them funny and touching.

In this exceptional cinematic way we manage to get a glimpse into a Brazil beyond favela drug wars and carnivals.

 

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