A classic of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, Barravento deals with poor fishermen in the state of Bahia, Brazil who are economically exploited because of religious mysticism. The story follows an educated man who returns home to his fishing village from the city to try and free people from the spiritual enchantment of the Candomblé religion, which he considers the source of their of political and social oppression.
In a New York Times review, Vincent Canby wrote that “Barravento is an exceptionally beautiful work, shot in the dramatically filtered, black-and-white photography associated with Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico! and Flaherty’s Moana.
Axé Bahia Film Series
Curated by Randal Johnson, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, this monthly series includes documentaries, feature films, and artist films showcasing Afro-Brazilian culture and identities.
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About the Exhibition
Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis, explores the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia and an internationally renowned center of Afro-Brazilian culture. Featuring more than 100 works from the mid-20th century to the present, including a stunning array of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art, the exhibition explores the complexities of race and cultural affiliation in Brazil, and the provocative ways in which artists have experienced and responded creatively to prevailing realities of Afro-Brazilian identity in Bahia.