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O Zelador in July

Drakes Avenue Pictures have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of O Zelador on 7th July 2008 priced at £19.99. Shot in Brazil over a five year period, O Zelador explores the life of Mestre Russo who lives with his family in the intimidating Baixada Fluminese neighbourhood. At an early age Russo discovered the value of capoeira. The music, physical agility, self-defence and philosophy of this Afro-Brazilian cultural manifestation helped Russo endure a life fraught with poverty and danger. Master Russo was part of a group of youths who created the now famous capoeira street roda of Caxias, located in Rio de Janeiro's tough suburbs. This traditional manifestation of capoeira has passed through three decades, including Brazil's difficult military dictatorship years, emerging today as a unique example of this Afro-Brazilian culture.

Director Daren Bartlett’s documentary is an intimate portrait of Russo, his wife and sons and his loyal groups of students. Bartlett also uses Russo’s life and work to detail capoeira’s wide place within Brazilian culture and history.

Features include:

  • 4:3 Full Frame
  • Portuguese DD2.0 with forced English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Interviews (all 1-2mins long)
    • The Black Guard
    • Capoeira and The State
    • Repression
    • Africano (Ladainha)
    • Clovis
  • Capoeira:
    • Master Piexe and Africano (1:46mins)
    • Master Russo and Master Urubu (3:51mins)

Last updated: 18/04/2018 23:16:47

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