Quilombo Country (2006)

Quilombo Country



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A "quilombo" is a community of rural Brazil that was founded either by runaway slaves or established on an abandoned plantation, and in this documentary filmmaker Leonard Abrams offers an extensive look into the ceremonies, dances, and lifestyles of the typical quilombo, as well as the fascinating history of these tightknit communities. Brazil was a brutal place for slaves, and most did not submit to their masters willingly. Though thousands of slaves escaped, others opted to organize political … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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Written By: Leonard Abrams


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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The forceful baritone of Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D, who narrates, makes the film's history-telling go down smoothly.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
New York Times
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Hopping from one settlement to another, the film too often feels more like a lesson than an experience.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Village Voice
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The film ends with a slow-motion shot of quilombo dwellers dancing, the tension between old and new worlds unresolved.

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
Slant Magazine

The storytelling is one that cannot be posed or mimicked.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Fascinating documentary study of the lives of Afro-Brazilians who are descendants of the first successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Filled with gorgeous music and dance as well as eye-opening social commentary.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008

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