Turner's recordings in Bahia

In October 1940, the African-American linguist Lorenzo Turner landed in Salvador to record and study the African languages ​​spoken and sung in the candomblés of Bahia, portraying the linguistic experience of the African diaspora in Bahia, through songs interpreted by personalities such as Mãe Menininha do Gantois, Joãozinho da Goméia, Manoel Falefá, among other priests and priestesses of the time. Using the rare sound recordings made by Turner as a backdrop, the documentary reveals the work of one of the most unknown scholars of the Black Atlantic, weaving a panorama on the presence of African matrices imprinted in these musical memories.

  • Gabriela Barreto
  • Cassio Nobre
  • Cassio Nobre
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    As gravações de Turner na Bahia
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Salvador
    August 4, 2022
    Cine Metha Glauber Rocha
    Mostra Bahia na Tela
  • Salvador
    November 7, 2022
    TVE Bahia
    Mostra Bahia na Tela
Distribution Information
  • Couraça Criações Culturais
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Gabriela Barreto

Graduated in Cinema, Gabriela Barreto began her career making films and winning awards when she was still a film student. Her career is marked by approaching popular and Afro-Brazilian culture, with a different vision, privileging points of view that are often neglected, especially of black women. He worked with important names in national cinema such as Andrucha Waddington, Breno Silveira, Kátia Lund, Lula Buarque, Isabel Diegues, among others. With a strong connection with the generation of prominent Bahian filmmakers in the 1980s and 1990s, Gabriela also dedicated herself to the production of cinematographic shows in the interior of Bahia (5 editions of Cine Capão, 1 edition of Cine Guarapuá, 1 edition of Cine Diamantina). and the making of films referring to the Bahian cinematographic movement, such as the film “Bitola Cabeça Super 8”, shown on TV and awarded at 3 national festivals. She was the scene director of the first season of the series “A Música da Minha Vida”. In 2019, he directed the feature-length documentary "Afro-Atlantic Legacies", following in the footsteps of African-American linguist Lorenzo Turner through candomblé terreiros in present-day Bahia in search of memories and living remnants recorded by that researcher in the early 1940s.

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Director Statement

I have been following with apprehension and revolt the current events of a racial nature within our society, where important discussions are taking place for the future of humanity. It is not just a matter of carrying out a historical reparation for crimes committed against the Afro- descendant population during the long period related to the black diaspora. It is about discussing the importance of black and, mainly, female empowerment. In a historical moment in which the veiled abuses suffered by countless women are revealed, abuses that, due to arguments relating to a supposed “inferiority” of gender and racial were not heard, stories of so many leaders emerge that point to a a fairer and more equitable future.