The waters of the Atlantic brought the slaves from Africa to Brazil, their bodies in chains but their souls inexorably tied to mother Africa. This Brazilian- made film takes us to both shores, to show how spiritual life, dance and song came with the captive people and took root in the new soil. Among the many traditions were the language and gods of Yoruba and Jejes from the Republic of Benin. When a group of freed slaves returned to Africa to rediscover their roots they were looked upon as outsiders. They became tradespeople - tailors, accountants and builders- and they actually brought Portuguese culture to Africa. Today, when Brazilians revisit Africa, they teach the Africans the culture that these descendants of slaves keep alive in Brazil. The documentary is a testimony to some of the ironies of the diaspora.
[Namibia] : On Land Productions & Manganga Produções, 2013.
Video — 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (16 unnumbered pages) Sound: digital; optical. Projection: wide screen. Video: DVD-video; NTSC. Digital: videofile; DVD video; region 1.
Includes the following shorts as DVD extras: As raízes angolanas da capoeira = The Angolan Roots of Capoeira
As raízes brasileiras da capoeira = The Brazilian Roots of Capoeira
Engolo e dança das mulheres = Engolo and women dance
Jogo do pau no Brasil = Stick fighting in Brazil
Aula de engolo = Engolo lesson in Angola
Engolo e capoeira.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art that combines dance, combat, theatre and music. Capoeira was first documented among enslaved Africans and Creoles in Brazilian port cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia. It is the only martial art with an African heritage now practiced world wide. Jogo de Corpo/Body Games follows capoeira master Cobra Mansa and his friends on travels through Angola and Brazil in search of the historical roots of their art. The journey explores deeper connections between slavery, identity and society.
Video — 1 videodisc (188 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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