O Pai, O!
Directed by Monique Gardenberg
On the first day of the extraordinary Carnival in Salvador, Bahia, a variety of characters (among them a stingy evangelical landlord, an auto mechanic, a philandering husband, a transgender neighborhood fixture, a Baiana selling acarajé and an expatriate returning for Carnival) interact. Ó pai, ó – slang for “dig that” – is alternatively a bawdy comedy and a social drama with music and dance numbers set in the lively colonial district of Pelourinho starring Lazaro Ramos with a guest appearance by singer Virginia Rodrigues.
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê (Carolina Moraes-Liu and Chung Liu, 20 minutes, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 2010)
This documentary short follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent Afro-Brazilian group in Salvador, Bahia with an all-Black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty.
Part of the ” Jump Up: The En Mas’ Film Series at the Museum of African Diaspora. 28 Sept- 9 Nov.
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