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Samba On Your Feet

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


The journey begins behind the scenes of Rio de Janeiro’s Samba schools. Here, we witness the hard work and dedication of choreographers, dancers, musicians, and costume makers coming together in the spirit of teamwork and collaboration to create a spectacle that celebrates the infectious rhythms of Samba.

The camera of Montes-Bradley also explores nearby favelas, where the audience discovers more links between Carnival and Samba and learns about the cultural history linking both to common African traditions. Cultural historian Haroldo Costa is our host on this pilgrimage to the roots illuminating the importance of Samba in Brazilian culture and explaining its influences on Carnival.

Whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply curious about the African diaspora and Latin American culture, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary journey to the world of Carnival and Samba in Brazil.

Made in collaboration with | Paulo Barros, Haroldo Costa, Teresa Cristina, Xangô da Mangueira, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Carlinhos de Jesus, Mart'nália, Tia Surica. Includes a performance by Caetano Veloso.

Cinematography by | Mustapha Barat

Sound Department | Bruno Fernandes, Eduardo Vaisman

Directed by | Eduardo Montes-Bradley

HD | 60 minutes | USA, 2006

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