The Cosford is pleased to host two special events examining Post-Industrial Brazilian Cinema with special guest to discuss this significant, emerging cinematic movement and its social, political and economic ramifications. The examination begins with a special screening of THE SKY ABOVE (Sérgio Borges, 2011) presented by Cezar Migliorin, filmmaker and professor of film at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteró (State of Rio de Janeiro) on Tuesday, September 24 at 5PM. The second event features PASSIONS OF A CINEMANIC (2011) by Felipe Leal Barquete and Carlos Eduardo “Dudu” Magalhães, who will be present to discuss his work with the audience on Thursday, September 26 at 5PM.
In a recent article Migliorin reflects on what he calls post-industrial cinema, made by a new generation of filmmakers who eschewed mainstream industrial cinema. These filmmakers background the usual division of labor and circulation and viewing, even in the audiovisual sectors. Collaboration is a major feature throughout the value chain of production, circulation and viewing, even in the audio visual divisions of community organizations in favelas. Many favela organizations emerged in the 1990s to promote the rights of subalternized residents, usually through cultural production connected to urban social movements, although there are also rural and indigenous peoples involved in this kind of production. More recently, youth collectives dedicated to artisanal and new technological production, exhibition and circulation of audio visual have emerged, and in Brazil they are reorganizing the entire sector, as they have done with music. Many of these collectives are in non-capital cities, at a remove from the Rio-São Paulo axis where the majority of incentives and support for the industry and wealth are located. These youth are generally middle-class, often turned off by the university and the kinds of jobs they are being prepared for, and have chosen to militate in cultural activism that is also deeply political.
THE SKY ABOVE blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction. It portrays a few moments in the lives of three men from Belo Horizonte: a transsexual prostitute and academic, a Hare Krishna soccer fan and a would-be writer. (www.oceusobreosombros.com)
THE PASSIONS OF A CINEMANIAC recreates the dreams of a vernacular filmmaker – José de Oliveira – from the backcountry city of São Carlos (São Paulo State) at several moments in his life. As stated on the film’s website, it seeks to promote a more in-depth excavation of memory in São Carlos and the integration of the film with its audience. (www.filmesparabailar.com/zepintor)
These screenings and the post-exhibition discussions with the directors and critics is sponsored by the Department of Modern Language and Literatures, the Joesph Carter Memorial Fund and the Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries.