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Dancing Black Memories

In Campinas, São Paulo, black men and women, with
ages between 70 and 90 years, are active in a black cultural movement,
that is essentially dedicated to recreating African-Brazilian musical repertoires considered
traditional. Although seen as the most experient people in this musical traditions by the
current communities, their youth memories do not
directly refer to jongos, samba de bumbo or maracatus, but to
gala balls. In a conjuncture marked by segregation, from the 40s to the
60s in São Paulo, these dances, attended
mostly by blacks, are revisited in the film, showing their
importance for the formation of a black community started in
past and continuing into the present.

  • Erica Giesbrecht
    Director
  • Erica Giesbrecht
    Writer
  • Erica Giesbrecht
    Producer
  • Rosária Antônio, José Antônio (in memorian), Carlos Augusto Ribeiro, Leonice Sampaio, Aluízio Jeremias
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Baile para Matar Saudades
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD (1920x1080)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • In-Edit Brasil
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    September 17, 2016
  • FIFER - Festival do Filme Etnográfico do Recife
    Recife
    Brazil
    September 13, 2016
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Erica Giesbrecht

Erica Giesbrecht is ethnomusicologist and for over 10 years have been dedicated to the study of musical life of the black community in the city of Campinas, São Paulo. In recent years, her experience in sound anthropology was enhanced by a visual anthropology, resulting from this her first feature film, the documentary "Dancing Black Memories."

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