NCLAFF: Branco Sai, Preto Fica | White Out, Black In

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Gustavo Furtado

At the Chelsea Theater, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd. in Chapel Hill. Preceded at 6:30pm with book launch by Prof. Gustavo Furtado: Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil, Cinematic Archives of the Present. Film directed by Adirley Queirós. Brazil. 2015. 89 min. Portuguese with English subtitles. On March 5, 1986, in a run-down disco on the outskirts of Brasilia, a group of cops used a drug raid as an excuse to severely beat everyone present in the dive; all of those beaten were black. The policemen were heard shouting, "White out, black in." Marquim and Sartana, two victims of the event, remember that terrible day; the former lost a leg and the latter remains paralyzed. However, remembrance is not all they want. Partially following the wishes of his protagonists, Adirley Queirós chooses to register the mysterious everyday life of these characters in the present instead of recreating their past while allowing them to stage a fantasy to exorcise this bygone event. The staging includes time travelling and an imaginary attack against the capital city, Distrito Federal. A potential historic and political documentary becomes a rebellious and therapeutic piece of fiction. Shown with short film: Mãtãnãg: The Enchanted Woman. Free and open to the public.

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