O Amuleto de Ogum (The Amulet of Ogum). 1974. Brazil. Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 112 min.
With Ney Santanna, Anecy Rocha, Joffre Soares, Maria Ribeiro, Jards Macalé, Emmanuel Cavalcanti. After Firmino, a blind balladeer, is robbed by a gang of thugs, they demand a performance, and he proceeds to tell them a tale about the Amulet of Ogum. The story centers around a young man, Gabriel, who is granted invincibility after taking part in an Umbanda ceremony, and who, because of his supernatural abilities, soon becomes embroiled in Caxias’s violent underworld. The Amulet of Ogum is a crime picture and much more, combining the genre with Brazil’s syncretic religious traditions, which during this period had been actively suppressed by the government.