A Capoeira Illuminada

Mestre Bimba, Capoeira Iluminada is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of Manoel dos Reis Machado, Mestre Bimba , a great name for capoeira and the founder and creator of Capoeira Regional. From the testimonies of alumni and historians, the film traces a rich panel on black culture and Capoeira in Brazil. Produced in 2005, Mestre Bimba, Capoeira Iluminada , appeared in cinemas in several capitals of Brazil and participated in festivals, among them the Rio Festival. In 2007, the film was released on DVD by Biscoito Fino, and its first runs Were soon exhausted.

Mestre Bimba founded the first capoeira school in 1932, the Academia-escola de Cultura Regional, at the Engenho de Brotas in Salvador, Bahia. Previously, capoeira was only practiced and played on the streets. However, capoeira was still heavily discriminated against by upper-class Brazilian society. In order to change the pejorative reputation of capoeira and its practitioners as devious, stealthy and malicious, Bimba set new standards to the art.

-Ie Viva Meu Mestre!

Directed by: Lumen Produções
Directed by: Luiz Fernando Goulart
Production: Nina Luz and Claudia Castello
Co-production: Publytape Communication
Screenplay Luiz Carlos Maciel
Photography: Rivaldo “Doddy” Augustine
Montage: Daniel Nobre
Sound and Mixing: Fernando Ariani

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