Event Date: 22 May 2013
43 Gordon Sq
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD
Birkbeck Arts Week 2013
Dr Patricia I. Vieira (Georgetown) – Messianism and social struggle: Representations of Canudos in Brazilian Cinema
The link between messianism and political resistance is revisited in many movies from the 1960s Cinema Novo movement, which sought to denounce social inequalities in Brazil. In films such as The Guns (Ruy Guerra, 1964) or Black God, White Devil (Glauber Rocha, 1964) religion is portrayed ambiguously: it functions both as response of the people to the precariousness of their lives and as an alienating factor that prevents them from rebelling against those who cause their suffering.
Introduction by Dr Louis Trinidade (Birkbeck).