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Angolan Roots of Capoeira: Angariação de fundos para finalizar produção

O filme Raízes angolanas da capoeira documenta a busca das origens da capoeira em Angola por um mestre de Capoeira e seus amigos.

Está em fase de pós-produção e a arrecadar fundos para a finalização. O projeto necessita de US $ 32.000 para terminar o filme.

 

Angolan Roots of Capoeira

Raising funds to finish post production of our documentary film

 

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Hi, I am Cobra Mansa, teacher and “master” of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, Capoeira. Pairing up with my friend Matthias Assunção, a historian from Essex University, we are working to realise our common dream to find out more about the African roots of Capoeira.

After an initial research trip to Angola we raised funds and returned to make a documentary film. We filmed amazing Angolan combat games and dances and their encounters with Capoeira.

Angolan Engolo players share with us the legendary African dance fight which many Capoeiristas consider to be an ancestor of Capoeira.

For us all it is a great joy and great privilege to make this film with its rich meetings and great themes of Capoeira, Angola and Slavery.

We now need $ 32.000 to finish the documentary film.

We are asking the global Capoeira community and everyone interested in the common heritage of Africa and the Americas, to join our project, to contribute and to help finish the film.

This will enable us to share with you our meetings with amazing Engolistas, Capoeiristas and many more wonderful characters who enrich the film.

Contribute whatever you can. Every small contribution helps.  You can also assist making this film by spreading the word about this project. Thank you!  Axé!

Background

As a Capoeirista I was always told that Capoeira comes from Angola.  Going to Angola I followed not only the real traces of movements and musical instruments related to Capoeira but was also confronted with the past of my people.  I was retracing the steps of our Angolan ancestors who were taken to Brazil as slaves.

The film is the core outcome of a larger research project (“The Angolan Roots of Capoeira”) based at the History Department of the University of Essex. The research project has established a large database from which publications are being produced.

Our film is a dialogue between traditions that have not been in direct contact for more than a century. This exchange is generating new insights about the relations between combat games of the African Diaspora.

What we have done so far

Our project was funded by our own funds, the University of Essex and a major grant from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which allowed us to successfully complete two lengthy research and filming trips to Angola (2010, 2011) and one to Brazil (2010) and to start post-production of the film (2012).

  • In Angola we filmed our meetings and exchanges with practitioners of various combat games and dances. We also filmed with people playing string instruments similar to the Berimbau played at Capoeira Rodas in Brazil.  We documented the daily life and rituals of the family that introduced us to Engolo players. Through their eyes the social contexts of the combat games, music, lyrics and dances come to life. One of these filmed rituals is the female initiation known as Efiko, which provides an important context for the playing of combat games in Angola.
  • In Brazil we filmed with Capoeira masters who shared their knowledge of the foundations and traditions of their art.
  • We have archived, transcribed, translated and edited over 140 hours of footage and audio recordings.
  • We now have a rough cut which needs further editing.

What we need the money for
The money we raise will go towards paying our editors to produce the final cut, paying for the sound mix,  the on-line edit, a graphic designer, music rights and copyright fees for graphic material we want to use.  To share our findings and meetings with as wide an audience as possible we need to sub-title the film very carefully with respect to the Angolan languages, Portuguese and English.  Last, but not least we need to pay for the duplication, packaging and shipping of the DVDs to you, our supporters. Any additional money raised will be used to take the film back for screenings with the Angolan and Brazilian communities whose energies make this beautiful project.

To complete outstanding post-production work will require four months, counted from the end of the successful fund-raising campaign.

We expect to complete the film and launch it in July 2013.

The team

Cobra Mansa (Cinésio Feliciano Peçanha, graduated mestre in 1984) has been performing and teaching capoeira for the last thirty years. He is the founder of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, based in Washington, DC, with affiliated groups in Brazil, the US, Asia, Africa and Europe. Cobra Mansa has researched the movements, music, lyrics and instruments of capoeira for many years. He is a well-known and highly-respected teacher of capoeira and has given many workshops and talks across the world. He worked as a consultant for the capoeira documentary films Mandinga in ManhattanFio na Navalha and Capoeiragem na Bahia, and performed as a leading musician on capoeira CDs.

Matthias Röhrig Assunção is a reader in Latin American History at the University of Essex specialising in the history of Brazil, and popular culture. His last book, Capoeira. The history of an Afro-Brazilian martial art (Routledge, 2005) provides a synthesis of the history of capoeira, and underpins the current research project. He also wrote and co-directed the documentary film Verses and Cudgels.  Stick Playing in the Afro-Brazilian Culture of the Paraíba Valley (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (LABHOI & Essex, 2009).

Richard Pakleppa is an independent filmmaker from Namibia. Since 1990 he has made films incorporating oral history and story telling in Namibia, South Africa and Angola.  Some of his films are: Those Glowing Eyes, a story of land theft and restitution at the end of colonial rule; Ndamona, a film about conflict and reconciliation after a long liberation struggle; Angola, saudades from the one who loves you a documentary about Angola emerging after 30 years of war; 3 1/2 Lives of Philip Wetu, a drama; Land, Fire and Water about San communities in southern Angola; and Taste of Rain (2012), an emotional drama set in the vast light filled spaces of the Namibian desert.

Christine Dettmann is an ethnomusicologist and Capoeirista who has previously worked with Brazilian musicians in Lisbon. As the research assistant of the AHRC-funded project ‘The Angolan Roots of Capoeira’ based at Essex University, she is particularly interested in the traditional music and musical instruments of Angola as well as their possible transatlantic links to Brazil.

Mariana Candido, is a specialist of Angolan history at Princeton University and a consultant of the project. The research for her forthcoming book on the history of Benguela (Cambridge University Press, 2013) has provided many insights for the team.

Catherine Meyburgh is an editor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work on documentaries, short films and feature films includes The Guguletu Seven, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, Gugu & Andile, Heartlines, Sophiatown. She has worked with artist William Kentridge on his films, opera and theatre projects since 1998. In television she has edited the drama series Yizo Yizo, Zero Tolerance, Soul City. She has also directed documentaries, including Alan Paton’s Beloved CountryKentridge & Dumas in ConversationMadibaA Hero for All Seasons. Her work with video installations has been exhibited in Moma (New York), The Louve (Paris), and Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo).

Documentário: Slum, Drums and Capoeira

É com satisfação que anunciamos em anunciar que o Kabula estará exibindo o documentário “Slum, Drums and Capoeira” (Favela, Percussão e Capoeira). Esta festa se destina a todos os membros do Kabula e também a toda comunidade da capoeira em Londres e UK. O intuito maior dessa celebração visa a arrecadação de fundos para o projeto do Kabula no Reino Unido, o Projeto JINGA.

Slum, Drums e Capoeira conduz você a uma viagem única de descoberta dentro do universo dessa antiga arte. Desde suas origens até a favela mais famosa do Rio de Janeiro e assim vivendo o espírito da capoeira no Brasil moderno.


Na Rocinha – maior favela do Rio de Janeiro, que tem suas ruas estreitas manchadas com o sangue de tráfico de drogas, encontramos

Tiane, uma capoeirista talentosa e jovem, que perdeu seu irmão para a violência. Nós seguimos a sua jornada mostrando como ela luta para estabelecer uma escola de capoeira na favela para proporcionar as crianças a possibilidade de caminho alternativo.

Sua história está entrelaçada com a dos antigos mestres de Salvador um dos berços da Capoeira no Brazil. Com imagens raras de Mestre Bimba e Mestre Pastinha (os pais da moderna Capoeira) e entrevistas dos mestres mais respeitados de hoje (Mestre Curió, Nenel, Bamba, Moraes Bola Sete e muitos mais). Favela, Percussão e Capoeira capta a verdadeira essência da capoeira no Brasil de hoje.


Após a projeção, termos uma performance com uma orquestra de berimbau (por isso, por favor traga o seu próprio berimbau se você pretende participar). Em seguida acontecerá uma roda e também um festa com DJs tocando uma mistura eclética de música brasileira. Cópias do filme também estarão disponíveis para venda em DVD em £10 (normal price £ 15), com 50% das vendas revertidas ao Kabula.

O Projeto Kabula JINGA projetado para escolas e espaços comunitários para jovens, refugiados e público em geral tem como finalidade maior utilizar a capoeira como uma ferramenta para a transformação pessoal e social, inspiradas na filosofia da capoeira Angola.

Esperamos que você possa para participar conosco deste evento especial … se inspirar, se divertir e contribuir para uma boa causa.



O quê? Projeção de filme e festa de angariação de fundos para o projeto Kabula Jinga!


Onde: Favela Chic (Londres)

Quando: 06 de dezembro

Horário: das 7pm em diante

Custo: doação de £ 3 (recomendado)

 

 

Film Screening: “Slums, Drums and Capoeira” & Fundraising Party

 

(Link: http://slumsdrums.com/)

We’re delighted to announce that Kabula will be hosting the premier screening of the documentary film Slums, Drums and Capoeira. This will be a party for Kabula members and the wider capoeira community and others to raise funds for the work of Kabula in the UK and Brazil.
Slums, Drums and Capoeira takes you on a unique journey of discovery into this ancient art form. From its origins in Salvador to Rio’s most notorious slum, we see the spirit of capoeira alive in modern Brazil.
Rocinha – the largest slum in Rio de Janeiro, where the narrow alleys are stained with the blood of drug trafficking. Here we meet
Tiane, a gifted young capoeirista who lost her brother to the violence. We follow her journey as she fights to establish a capoeira school in the slum to provide the kids with a different path.
Their story is interwoven with that of the old masters from Salvador the home of Capoeira. With rare footage of Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha (the fathers of modern day Capoeira) and interviews from today’s most respected masters (Mestre Curio, Nenel, Bamba, Moraes Bola Sete and many more). Slums, Drums and Capoeira captures the true essence of capoeira in today’s Brazil.
After the screening we will have a berimbau orchestra (so please bring your berimbau if you want to play), a roda and a party with great DJs playing an eclectic mix of Brazilian music. Copies of the film will also be available for for sale on DVD for £10 (normal rrp £15), with 50% of sales going to Kabula.
Kabula works in schools and community settings with young people, refugees and the general public to use capoeira as a tool for personal and social change, inspired by the philosophy of capoeira Angola.
We hope you can attend this special event, be inspired, have fun and contribute to a good cause.

What: A film screening & fundraising party for Kabula!

Where: Favela Chic (London)
When: 6th Dec.
Time: from 7pm onwards
Cost: Recommended donation £3 to Kabula

Bahia Afro Film Festival em Cachoeira

De 19 a 27 de novembro de 2009, será realizado em Cachoeira no recôncavo da Bahia, a terceira edição do festival de cinema internacional Bahia Afro Film Festival.

Cachoeira já é uma cidade cinematográfica a muitos anos, ali foram filmados importantes filmes da cinematografia nacional e internacional, novelas, comerciais para televisões de todo o mundo, já era hora de ter um festival de cinema internacional, pois não ah duvidas sobre sua importância cultural no cenário brasileiro, principalmente quando se fala de raízes e ancestralidade.

Durante estes 10 dias do festival, serão projetados os mais importantes filmes da cinematografia que enfoca temas ligados aos afro descendentes de todo o mundo, estão sendo convidados importantes personalidades deste cinema, como Warrington Hudlin and Black Filmmakers Foundation de NY, Ralph Ziman da África do Sul, diretor do Belíssimo Jerusalema, Boubakar Diallo de Burkina Faso, diretor de Coer de Lion, Daniel Kamwa de Camarões, diretor de Ma Sâsâ (Mâh Saa-Sah), Adama Drabo e Ladji Diakibi, do Mali, diretores de Fantan Fanga (Lê Pouvoir des Pauvres), Kalthoum Barna da Tunísia, diretor de L’Autre moitié du ciel (Shtar M’haba).

Além da Amocine de Moçambique que atraves do diretor Zego, estara fazendo uma curadoria de filmes Moçambicanos para o BAFF, estão sendo convidados também, diretores Brasileiros que tenham filmes dentro da temática do festival, como Joel Zito, Zozimo Bulbul, Flavio Leandro, Paulo Bety com o filme Cafundó que se destacou no Festival de Burkina Fasso, e Lilian Solá Santiago, que ganhou o premio de melhor filme na ultima edição do BAFF.

Diretores baianos também serão convidados a terem suas obras na mostra competitiva ou na paralela, como Pola Ribeiro com o seu “Jardim das Folhas Sagradas” e Ceci Alves com o seu lindo “Doido Lelé” alem do próprio Lázaro Faria com o seu “A Cidade das Mulheres” que tem participação da Irmandade da Boa Morte.
Estarão tambem presentes no evento, Antonio Pitanga, Elza Soares, Zezé Motta e Lázaro Ramos.

o III Bahia Afro Film Festival ja tem o apoio da Universidade do Federal do Recôncavo, do Centro Cultural Dannemann, do IFHAN e do Ipac, do Fundo Estadual de Cultura, da Secretaria do Audiovisual, da Fundação Palmares e do Ministerio da Cultura.

Serão realizadas duas oficinas, uma de produção cinematografica e outra de preparação de atores, todas voltadas para o filme À Procura de Palmares que sera todo rodado no município de Cachoeira e São Felix.

Imagine todo o povo negro junto, esta é a formula que esta preparando Lázaro Faria para que Cachoeira e a Bahia tenham mais ainda visibilidade no senario cinematográfico internacional.

Quem viver verá…

Lázaro Faria –  http://news.lazarofaria.com.br/

Lázaro Faria – Filmaker

+55 (71) 3322 1279   9239 5589

lazaro@lazarofaria.com.br

www.lazarofaria.com.br

Salvador – Bahia – Brasil

Meu Pai, Meu Mestre – um documentário sobre a Capoeira Angola

Exibição do Trailer no Festival de Filmes Latino Americano em Sidney

Meu Pai, Meu mestre explora as profundezas do relacionamento pai e filho / mestre e discípulo entre Mestre Virgilho da Fazenda Grande e Mestre Roxinho.

Master Virgilio pertence a uma das mais tradicionais linhagens de Capoeira Angola.
Seu filho adotivo, Mestre Roxinho, atravessou o oceano para chegar a Austrália, onde luta pela dignidade de seu pai e da Capoeira Angola.

My Father, My Master – a documentary on Capoeira Angola. Trailer screens at the Sydney Latin American Film Festival

CHAUVEL CINEMA – 10 MARCH – 6:30pm – screening of 7′ trailer + filmmaker intro

SYNOPSIS – watch 3′ trailer

My Father, My Master explores the depths of a father-son, master-disciple relationship.
Although 65 year-old Master Virgilio belongs to one of the most traditional lineages of Capoeira Angola and has lead a weekly practice for almost 50 years, foreign interest in Capoeira took most of his students abroad and he is losing the drive to continue. His adoptive son Master Roxinho crosses the oceans to Australia and fights for the dignity of his father and their shared practice: Capoeira Angola.

CAPOEIRA – more on the history of Capoeira Angola

Capoeira is fight within a dance, a ritual of resistance created in the 18th century by African slaves in Brazil. The music of Capoeira draws on the history and religions of Africa – an expression of physical and spiritual survival. The two main styles of Capoeira are Regional and Angola. Capoeira Angola is the practice that connects the two main characters of our story.

SUPPORT THE PROJECT (tax deductible)- details

MY FATHER, MY MASTER is a self-funded documentary shot with the support of companies, friends and volunteers. There has been no finance or grants from any kind directed to the project. I have invested my savings into the shooting of 60 hours of footage.

Now, in order to finalize this film I will need at least two months full time work – this means I can’t work for money. Your support is essential to the continuation of this project. Supporters will be credited in the documentary and a copy of the final film will be posted to them.

Once post-production is concluded and the supporting copies posted, a portion of any future sales will go towards the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre.

BOOK IN ADVANCE – Sydney Latin American Film Festival tickets are selling out – click for details 

Paulo Alberton
director/producer

11/69 Broome St – Maroubra – NSW – 2035 – Australia
H: 02- 9311-3335  M: 0439 960 748
Email: paulo@vidiola.com
Website: www.vidiola.com