Dorival Caymmi - The Sounds of Life

The documentary film “Dorival Caymmi – The Sounds of Life” takes us on a passionate journey into the universe of the composer and singer who revolutionized songwriting in Brazil, leading the way to the Bossa Nova and Tropicália movements and contributing to make Brazilian music popular worldwide. The narrative is based on a previously unreleased interview in which Caymmi captivates us with amusing stories and improvised performances.
Everyday life and philosophical matters like “what is the shape of the wind?” were topics for his songs. Sensorially translating the artist’s verses, the film travels to the vibrant atmosphere of Bahia beaches and fishermen, brings forth references to African roots, candomblé spirituality and religion, and follows Caymmi’s love stories.
Demystifying the protagonist through moments of simplicity and intimacy, the film unveils his soul, creative process, passions and sorrows, and shares the universality of what it means to be a poet; a poet of sounds, a poet of life.

  • Daniela Broitman
    Director
    Marcelo Yuka: Follow the Signs, My Brazil, Voices from the Edge: the favela goes to the World Social Forum
  • Daniela Broitman
    Writer
    Marcelo Yuka: Follow the Signs, My Brazil, Voices from the Edge: the favela goes to the World Social Forum
  • Daniela Broitman
    Producer
    Marcelo Yuka: Follow the Signs, My Brazil, Voices from the Edge: the favela goes to the World Social Forum
  • Dorival Caymmi
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Nana Caymmi
    Key Cast
    "As Herself"
  • Danilo Caymmi
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Dori Caymmi
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Caetano Veloso
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Gilberto Gil
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Tom Jobim
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Doc & Rio Festival Agency
    Festival Agent
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dorival Caymmi - Um Homem de Afetos
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Biography
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • IT'S ALL TRUE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
    Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo
    Brazil
    April 5, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • IN EDIT BRASIL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    June 11, 2019
    Jury Award, Audience Award
  • DOCLISBOA
    Lisboa
    Portugal
    October 24, 2019
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BAFICI
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    March 26, 2020
    Latin American Premiere
  • On Art Poland
    Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań, Gdańsk, Sopot, Łódź, Bydgoszcz, Rzeszów, Toruń, Kielce, and Wrocław
    Poland
    July 3, 2020
    Polish Premiere
  • PANORAMA INTERNACIONAL COISA DE CINEMA
    Salvador
    Brazil
    November 30, 2019
  • ARRAIAL CINEFEST
    Arraial d'Ajuda
    Brazil
    December 1, 2019
  • MIMO FESTIVAL
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    November 30, 2019
  • SONIC SCENE - Music Film Festival
    Trani
    Italy
    October 27, 2020
    Italian Premiere
  • Arlington International Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    November 5, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bogota Music Video Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    December 2, 2020
  • Santos Film Festival
    Santos, SP
    Brazil
    April 16, 2021
Director Biography - Daniela Broitman

São Paulo native and Guggenheim fellow, Daniela Broitman is an independent filmmaker, with a Masters from UC Berkeley. She worked in Brazil`s leading newspapers Folha de S. Paulo and O Estado de S. Paulo, where she received an Esso Award - Brazil’s most prestigious journalism prize.
Founder of production company Videoforum Filmes, Broitman has written, produced and directed documentary films for theatrical release and television. Over the last years, she coproduced documentaries with Frontline World (PBS TV), taught film courses, and worked on international productions. Broitman is on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Association of Filmmakers.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILMS

“DORIVAL CAYMMI – THE SOUNDS OF LIFE” - 2019
Documentary, 92 min. Produced by VideoForum Filmes.
Writer, Producer and Director
A passionate journey into the universe of the composer and singer who revolutionized songwriting in Brazil, leading the way to the Bossa Nova movement and contributing to make Brazilian music popular worldwide.

“MARCELO YUKA: FOLLOW THE SIGNS” - 2011
Documentary, 95 min. Produced by VideoForum Filmes.
Writer, Producer and Director
A musician with a social message, Marcelo Yuka was at the height of his success as the songwriter, drummer and leader of O Rappa – one of the main Brazilian pop-rock bands in the 90s. But in 2000, nine gunshots during an assault in Rio de Janeiro put him in a wheelchair at age 34. This documentary accompanies Yuka’s transformation since then, revealing his irreverence and complexity as an artist and activist. While searching for physical, mental and spiritual health, Yuka takes risks with new sounds and follows the signs in an unceasing struggle for peace.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQcvRESAFeI

“MY BRAZIL” - 2008
Documentary, 70 min. Produced by VideoForum Filmes.
Writer, Director and Producer
What leads citizens with no political ambitions to make sacrifices for the sole purpose of enhancing living conditions in their poor communities? Looking at a few courageous community leaders from Rio de Janeiro favelas, “My Brazil” attempts to answer this question.

“VOICES FROM THE EDGE – THE FAVELA GOES TO THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM” - 2003
Documentary, 70 min. Produced by VideoForum Filmes.
Co-writer, Co-director and Co-producer
This film portrays the struggle of 23 community leaders from Rio de Janeiro shantytowns to participate in the III World Social Forum. They want their voices to be heard. Through their perspective, the film narrates the most important event organized by civil society to discuss social justice, and reveals the challenges that globalization present not only to Rio de Janeiro but to the world political agenda.

DOCS for TV

2010 “THE CARBON HUNTERS” (www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/carbonwatch)
2009 “THE MONEY TREE” (www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/carbonwatch/moneytree)
Co-producer
Winner of the Webby Award.
Both documentaries are part of a Frontline World series called “Carbon Watch” for PBS TV, about global warming and its consequences.

2008 “THE OBAMA SAMBA” – PBS TV (www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/election2008/2008/10/the-obama-samba.html)
Co-Producer
In the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Henrique campaigns to become the first black mayor of Belford Roxo. Even though Brazil has one of the biggest black populations in the world, the great majority of the politicians are white. Claudio Henrique decided to candidate himself as a name that could represent the natural history of his search…Barack Obama.

OTHER WORK

2011 “WITNESS”
Production, Research and Interviews for Rio de Janeiro’s episode
HBO series produced by Michael Mann (“Heat” and “The Insider”) that focuses on young photojournalists in conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, Uganda and Brazil.

2009 “RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO”
Documentary, 52 min. Produced by National Film Board of Canada and EyeSteelFilm.
Production Manager in Brazil, Research and Interviews
With the advent of digital technology, copyright has become the defining cultural issue of our time. This film follows Girl Talk, a bio-medical engineer turned sample-based pop star who exploded to infamy and hipster adoration in 2008 by creating irresistible mash-up anthems combining hundreds of top-40 favourites. His music has made the the best album lists of Rolling Stone, Blender, WIRED, The Village Voice, PitchFork and The New York Times. “RiP” challenges copyright law in solidarity with Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, culture critic Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing.net) and Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil. The film cinematically presents how the 20th century’s cultural icons, from Walt Disney to The Rolling Stones, built empires off the creations of others, while at the same time sending lawyers after anyone who dared to remix their “property.” By incorporating contributions from thousands of Web users, this first open source documentary film is part of a movement to rebuild the public domain and re-think intellectual property.

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Director Statement

During my extensive research to make this film, I fell in love with Dorival Caymmi, his music, creativity, wisdom, spirituality and, above all, his love for life and for people. At a time when fear and intolerance are dominating Brazil, I would like to propose a reconnection with hope and faith. That’s what Caymmi is all about.
At the same time, the film also reveals his flaws and dislikes, demystifying him and creating an authentic picture of a man molded by his surroundings and his times, which he portrayed so well with words, paintings and melody.