World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Jom Tob Azulay | Brazil | 1977 | 100’ | In Portuguese | English subtitles


Seventies, music, dance, drugs, alcohol – all the ingredients you apparently needed for a genuine hippie rock group. It certainly held true for the Brazilian supergroup Doces Bárbaros. They threw in one other ingredient though to add a cutting political edge: the freedom the group embodied was at right angles to the repressive nature of the authoritarian military regime of Brazil in those days.
Doces Bárbaros consisted of four members: Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia and Gal Costa. They made MPB, Música Popular Brasileira, a musical style that combines traditional Brazilian and external influences. The four musicians formed the group to add lustre to their respective ten-year solo careers. They produced only one album, bearing the same name Doces Bárbaros; it was a live album, which was exceptional for the time.
In this documentary director Jom Tob Azulay recorded their 1976 tour. He included a lot songs, for example the odd Chuck Berry Fields Forever, but also back-stage shots and interviews and the arrest of Veloso for marihuana possession some time halfway the tour.
World Cinema Amsterdam features more films centring on Brazilian music of the seventies: Filhos de João, O admirável mundo novo baiano and Tropicália.


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