Film - Feature | March 27 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Race, class, and samba collide in dos Santoss powerful radicalization of Brazils widespread chanchada musical genre. The charismatic actor/singer Grande Otelo (himself a popular cabaret icon and performer) stars as a working-class composer trying to succeed in the samba business, with his talents constantly ignored or exploited by those richer and more connected than he. Dirtying up the chanchadas idealized view of Brazilian culture, dos Santos uses music to unveil the racial and economic fault lines at the heart of his nation. For dos Santos, noted Kathleen Murphy, popular culture, as the peoples art, is of paramount importance, even a political force for reform.