Synopsis

SYNOPSIS


Carlos Diegues's historical saga is a stirring fusion of folklore, political impact, and dynamic storytelling, realized in vibrant tropical colors and set to the pulsing beat of Gilberto Gil's musical score. The story derives from fact: in 17th-century Brazil, groups of runaway black slaves escaped to the mountainous jungle strongholds, where they formed self-governing communities known as quilombos. This film is the chronicle of the most famous of these Black Eldorados - Palmares—which flourished for several decades under the reigns of legendary chieftains Ganga Zumba (also the subject of Diegues's first film) and his militant successor Zumbi, withstanding numerous attempts by the Portuguese colonial government to exterminate it. Set on the borderline between history and legend, between the mountains and the sky, Quilombo is a powerful vision of paradise - sensual, robust, and quite distinct from its milder Christian counterparts - and Diegues invigorates his Utopian ideal with tough political questions; rousing, larger-than-life performances (including Xica's fiery Zezé Motta as a formidable woman warrior); fabulous, exotic scenery; and spectacular blood-and-thunder battle scenes.

Brazil, 1984
114 min., Unrated
In Portuguese with English Subtitles
Color



FILMMAKERS

Directed by
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Producer


Dir. Of Photography
Editor
CARLOS DIEGUES
CARLOS DIEGUES
JOAO FELICIO DOS SANTOS
DECIO FREITAS
CARLOS DIEGUES
AUGUSTO ARRAES
MARCO ALTBERG
LAURO ESCOREL
MAIR TAVARES

CAST


Ganga Zumba
Zumbi
Caninde
Dandara
Rufino
Baba
Acaiuba

TONY TORNADO
ANTONIO
JOFFRE SOARES
ZEZÉ MOTTA
OÃO NOGUEIRA
GRANDE OTELO
ANTONIO PITANGA