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Movie Guides: Portuguese Language Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Video Titles

DVD Ate Que a $orte Nos Separe --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A84 2012
The story of Tino and Jane, a young couple who win the lottery and then lose everything fifteen years later.

DVD Bay of All Saints --- MEDIA HD7288.92.B62 S35 2012
In Salvador, Bahia, next to one of Brazil's wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. Under a government program to reclaim and restore the bay, hundreds of families face forced relocation. The stories of Geni, Jesus, and Doäna Maria, three single mothers and their families shape this film's narrative as they confront uncertainty and insecurity.

DVD Beira-mar [Seashore] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S437 2015
Having drifted apart, Martin invites his friend Tomaz to go to southern Brazil, where he is traveling to sort out a family inheritance matter. Tomaz is openly gay yet has never discussed this with Martin. Martin does know, however, and furthermore harbors an attraction for his old friend. Once the two young men arrive at the seaside cottage, inevitably, awkward feelings develop, as they explore the borders between friendship and love.

DVD Boy & the World [O Menino e o Mundo] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B69 2016
Cuca's cozy rural life in Brazil is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, he embarks on a journey into civilization, where despite the harsh life and industrialized landscape, he finds that peoples' hearts continue to beat together in song.

DVD Campo de Jogo = Sunday Ball --- MEDIA GV944.B6 S86 2016
Focusing on a fourteen-team, annual soccer championship among favela teams in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, viewers will have an up-close view of a final match between two rival teams.

DVD Carandiru --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C367 2004
Set in São Paulo's House of Detention, locally known as Carandiru. An oncologist arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circulation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger, the solitary confinement of Chico, and the romance between Lady Di and Too Bad. The doctor eventually begins to see the prisoners as survivors. Culminates with a violent conclusion: a dramatization of the October 2, 1992 prison riot known as the Carandiru Massacre, in which 111 prisoners are killed.

DVD Central Station = Central do Brasil --- MEDIA PN1997 .C3857 1999
When a young boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely, retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing.

DVD Cidade de Deus = City of God --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C586 2003
The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. The true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.

DVD Cidade dos Homens = City of Men --- MEDIA PN1992.77 .C5323 2006
The City is a shantytown located in one of the many mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The Men are two 13-year-old kids, Laranjinha and Acerola. This series brilliantly mixes humor and reality to explore life in the 'favelas' and in particular the indomitable spirit of two best friends growing up in one of the most volatile communities in the world.

DVD Elite Squad: The Enemy Within [Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E4584 2012
Captain Nascimento has risen in his career to become the commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) and later, a populist choice as the Sub-Secretary of Intelligence. In his new post, Nascimento strengthens BOPE and cripples the drug trade even further, bringing it to its knees. But soon he comes to a sobering realization that upon doing so, he ends up aiding his true enemies: Corrupt cops and dirty politicians with major electoral interests.

DVD Gilberto Gil: La Passion Sereine --- MEDIA M1690.18 .G55 2005
Performance of the musical show "The Poet and the Hungry," recorded live at the Anhembi, São Paulo.

DVD Iguaçu: O Filme --- MEDIA F2596 .I48 200x
Explore the Iguaçu Falls in Brazil; note: plays in computers only.

DVD Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa --- MEDIA PN1997.A1 .L4885 2010
Portuguese director Pedro Costa has been steadily building an impressive body of work since the late eighties, and these are the three films that put him on the map: spare, painterly portraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. In Ossos, after a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby's safety to the troubled, deadbeat father. In Vanda's Room is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte. In Colossal Youth, many of the lost souls of Ossos and In Vanda's Room return. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in Lisbon.

DVD O Lobo Atrás da Porta = A Wolf at the Door --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W65 2015
When Sylvia discovers her six-year-old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown woman, police summon her husband Bernardo to the station for questioning. There Bernardo confesses his extra-marital affair with the beautiful young Rosa, whom detectives believe to be involved in the kidnapping.

DVD Lula, o Filho do Brasil = Lula, Son of Brazil --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L85 2012
A richly produced, deeply moving chronicle of the early years of Brazil's most beloved leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rose from extreme poverty to govern the largest nation in Latin America. An incredible, true tale of perseverance, family, love, honor and heroism.

DVD Nação Zumbi ao Vivo --- MEDIA M1690.18 .N33 2004
Brazilian band Nação Zumbi performs in concert and in music videos.

DVD O Aleijadinho --- MEDIA N6659.L5 A4 2003
The story of the mining sculptor Antônio Francisco Lisbon, the Aleijadinho ("The Little Cripple"), his life, artistic and cultural development.

DVD Orfeu Negro = Black Orpheus --- MEDIA PN1997 .O74 2010
Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her.

DVD De Pernas Pro Ar [Head Over Heels] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .D37 2011
After being left by her husband and fired from her work, a workaholic businesswoman is forced to go through a big change in her life and becomes a partner in a decadent sex shop.

DVD Se Eu Fosse Você [If I Were You] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S39 2006
Comedy about a married couple who, to their surprise, somehow swap bodies to experience each other's life, complete with benefits and troubles. It appears to have happened at a bad time as the husband's advertising agency is experiencing difficulties and the wife is having to conduct a girl's choir in a concert. But the mind/body switch works to everyone's advantage in the end.

DVD Se Eu Fosse Você 2 --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S391 2009
Claudius and Helena are back and live through another fantastic "out of body" experience. Years have passed since their last body exchange and the couple has decided to separate. To make matters worse, they've just discovered that their daughter, Bia, now 18, is getting married and they are going to be grandparents. All this stress causes yet another exchange of bodies. Already familiar with the phenomenon, they decide to disappear for 4 days and wait it out. When the fourth day finally arrives, nothing happens! Is it because they've spent 4 days apart? Or do they have some lessons to learn?

DVD Vidas Sêcas --- MEDIA PN1997 .V53 2005
A family and their dog struggle to survive in drought-stricken Northeast Brazil.

DVD Waste Land = Lixo Extraordinário --- MEDIA N8237.8.R44 W37 2011 & Classroom Collection
Contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes viewers on a journey to the world's largest landfill of the day, Jardim Gramacho. Here the catadores, who number in the thousands, work under the hot sun collecting recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic, and metal to be sold to wholesalers. Muniz invites the catadores to add refuse to his art, photographing the work from overhead. His collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives.

DVD The Way He Looks [Hoje eu Quero Voltar Sozinho] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W39 2015
A fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who's fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans.

DVD Xingu --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .X56 2014
The three Villas Boas brothers, Orlando, Claudio, and Leonardo, are on a mission to protect the indigenous Amazon natives. Seeking adventure, they join the March to the West, an expedition to explore the Amazon rainforest. After befriending the native tribes, they become the leading advocates for the creation of the Xingu National Park.

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