2010. Brazil. Cély Leal. 75 min.
International premiere. Introduction and Q&A with Cély Leal, Jorge Coutinho, and Leonides Bayer
Sunday, July 17, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Brazil. Directed by Cély Leal. In 1971, under Brazil’s military dictatorship, Jorge Coutinho and Leonides Bayer began holding weekly “Samba Evenings” at Teatro Opinião in Rio de Janeiro, importing popular musicians from the suburbs to entertain Rio’s elite. Radical in both concept and execution, the series transformed the theater into a symbol of political and cultural resistance over its 617 performances in 13 years. Samba’s Evening recounts this history through music, rare footage, and interviews with Alcione, Beth Carvalho, D. Yvone Lara, Eliana Pittman, Elton Medeiros, Gilberto Braga, Martinho da Vila, Maurício Sherman, and others whose stories powerfully evoke the period. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 75 min.