Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Spring 2017 Film Series - Terra deu, terra come (The Earth Giveth, the Earth Taketh Away, 2010)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

The Brazil Initiative's Spring Film Series presents a selection of classic and contemporary films straight out of "another Brazil": the vast and rich world of the country's backlands. 

Filmmaker Rodrigo Siqueira had set out profile Pedro de Alexina, one of the last guardians of the funeral traditions brought by Africans to the Brazilian mining region of Diamantina in the 18th century, but his ethnographic portrait quickly became something else altogether. As Alexina spins his tales and legends for Siqueira, he conjures such a vivid world beyond time and space that the very idea of the real seems to slip away.

View a trailer here.