Guilford Presentations

Guilford College (Greensboro): Bryan Auditorium (Frank Family Science Center)

5800 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC

Friday. NOVEMBER 7

Guilford College (Greensboro): Frank Family Science Center, Bryan Auditorium

Moro No Brasil. Mika Kaurismäki (Brazil, 2002.)

Portuguese with English subtitles. 70min.

This is a stirring and passionate documentary that grants the viewer unparalleled access to the diversity and musical richness of Brazilian music, reaching far beyond Samba and Bossa Nova. Writer/director Mika Kaurismäki’s musical journey covers 4,000 kilometers, with stopovers in Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, and presents the voyage from the roots of samba to its present-day excursions into rap and funk. Experience Brazilian culture and get to know its people with over 50 musical performances from the streets of Brazil by over 40 musical acts, including interviews and performances by Walter Alfaiate & Seu Jorge, Antônio Nôbrega, Darue Malungo, Silverio Pessoa, Margareth Menezes, Ivo Meirelles and much more.

 * Introduced by Alfonso Abad Manchego, Assistant Professor of Spanish . Guilford College

Special musical presentation: Paulo Barata's Trio do Brasil

Thursday. November 13 <World Premier>

Guilford College (Greensboro): Frank Family Science Center, Bryan Auditorium

Invisible Faces. Luis Nascimento (Brazil, 2008)

Portugese with English subtitles. 60min.

Every eight hours one person dies in Rio de Janeiro, as a victim of the police. Each death grabs with it the pain of who’s left behind, affecting his/her social circle, especially family and friends. The documentary "Invisible Faces" centers the stories of these survivors, mostly women who fight for justice while turning invisibility into subjectivity.

*With the presence of the director Luis Nascimento. 


Sunday. NOVEMBER 16. Matinee

Guilford College (Greensboro): Frank Family Science Center, Bryan Auditorium

Brasileirinho. Mika Kaurismaki (Brazil Switzerland – Finland, 2005)

Portuguese with English subtitles. 90min.     

Brasileirinho is a musical documentary film about Choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music. It was back in the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro when Brazilian musicians started to blend European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and the melancholic interpretation of the Brazilian Indians' music to create Choro. Choro is credited as being the first musical expression of Brazil's melting pot and had a prominent place in the development of Brazil's cultural identity.

The film shows, above all, a colorful picture of Choro's vitality today. The guiding line of the film is the combo "Trio Madeira Brasil" composed of three of Brazil's outstanding Choro musicians. During a "Roda de Choro", a traditional Brazilian kind of private jam session, the Trio brings up a concert project. During these sessions or at their homes, some of the most interesting Choro musicians play and remember key events in the history of this Brazilian urban music. A look into a Choro workshop with over 450 participants of all ages illustrates the off-hand genuine Brazilian way to play. "Playing" interviews with well-known Samba and Bossa Nova artists like Zezé Gonzaga, Elza Soares and Guinga illustrate the reciprocal inspiration with Samba and Bossa Nova music. Choro remained a major popular music style until the 1920s, leading directly into Samba and later to Bossa Nova. After a slight decline in popularity, Choro music has made a remarkable comeback over the past few decades.

* Introduced by Alfonso Abad Manchego, Assistant Professor of Spanish . Guilford College

Special presentation: Greensboro Capoeira collective.