Magazine article New Internationalist

Saudade Do Futuro

Magazine article New Internationalist

Saudade Do Futuro

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This film reveals the sprawling, commercial city of Sao Paulo through the lives of Nordestino Repentistas: street-poets originally from the rural northeast of Brazil who come to make their living in the `wonder south'.

Documentary-style, it brings the street culture to screen with humour and humanity, allowing the repentistas to speak (sing) for themselves. Having no obvious narrative, it's more a collection of first-person stories from all kinds of people about being Nordestino in exile in Sao Paulo. But the street-singers with their spontaneous, improvised performances are the undeniable highlight of the film. Sparring, rhyming couplets move swiftly from stories of poverty and discrimination to jokes about the crew behind the cameras.

The film manages to be political without being didactic. At one point a repentista asks his audience: `Do you want to hear about the difference between rich and poor, between those who are beautiful and ugly? …

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