Our annual international film series always reflects films regarded as favorite examples of history and/or culture by History faculty members. This year, our series begins in November 2012, with the remaining films to be shown during the Spring 2013 semester.
Bye Bye Brasil is a story of relationships, not only among cast members of a traveling road show, but by the connections the troupe makes to its audiences as the group struggles to win over locals–and their money–in small rural communities of backwater Brazil. Headed by a magician, Lord Gypsy, other members of the vagabond group include an exotic Rumba queen, a deaf-mute strongman, and a young, impressionable accordion player. The troupe’s efforts to be seen as valid entertainers face stiff competition in the changing cultural environment of late 1970s Brazil.
Dr. Maria Arbelaez will host the film, offering an explanation of the film’s setting before it starts, and leading an audience discussion after the film ends.
We hope you can join us.