New York -- Brazilian Film at the Havana Film Festival New York - BEYOND THE LIGHT is a documentary film about six blind Brazilians, who expose their difficulties, joys, dreams and emotions. Ivy Goulart, the director, connects past and present by exploring the life of Louis Braille, inventor of the powerful reading and writing system, which allows the visually impaired access to education and integration into a seeing world.
There will be ONE SCREENING ONLY! / Sunday, April 18 @1pm / Quad Cinema - 34 W. 13th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Av.), NYC. For a complete schedule of events and venues, please log on to http://www.hffny.com - Check out trailer on http://www.goulartfilmes.com
Synopsis: Beyond the Light takes us into the universe of the visually impaired through six blind people in Brazil. Their difficulties, joys, dreams and emotions. In upbeat accounts, they expose the reality of their lives and show that the road to a better life is through education and information. The importance of Louis Braille in this process is crucial and, therefore, Goulart went to France to discover the story of this renowned man who invented a simple and useful writing system, which opened the doors of knowledge to all those who can’t see.
"Poor blind woman, why do these eyes of yours cry so much?
No, my eyes don’t cry.
It’s the tears that cry
Longing for my eyes."
(Álvaro Moreyra, Brazilian poet)
Production: Goulart Filmes and Avanturi Productions
Executive producers: Marcelo Nigri and Nayglon Goulart
Producers: Marcelo Nigri, Ivy Goulart and Nayglon Goulart
Director and screenwriter: Ivy Goulart
Photography: Ivy Goulart
B&W photographs: Walter Carvalho
Editing and research: Marcelo Nigri and Ivy Goulart
Sound operator: Nayglon Goulart
Sound recording: Timothy Korn and Marcelo Nigri
Re-recording mixer: Tim Starnes
Portuguese audio description and narration: Ivy Goulart
English audio description: Allie Bethea
English narration: Josh Philip Weinstein
Interviewees: Laélio Inácio, Vilmar Dal Toè, Francisco de Assis Domingos, Alexandre Rzatki, Maria da Gloria Almeida, Manoel de Souza, Valnei Teixeira, Luiz Goulart, Albertina Pessoa Domingos, Eulália Pereira Inácio, Rosimeri de Fátima Dal Toè and Claudia Rodrigues
Voice-over actors: George Shepherd (Laélio Inácio), Tom Shewchuk (Vilmar Dal Toè), Rhasaan Oyasaba Manning (Francisco de Assis Domingos), Mike Catapano (Alexandre Rzatki), Hilma Falkowski (Maria da Gloria Almeida), Morris Mandell (Manoel de Souza), Stephen Moskovitz (Valnei Teixeira), Dan Royer (Luiz Goulart), Minna Taylor (Albertina Pessoa Domingos), Cathy Figuccio (Eulália Pereira Inácio), De Anne Dubin (Rosimeri de Fátima Dal Toè) and Laura Augeri (Claudia Rodrigues)
Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos, by Aldo Baldin
Audio description consultant: Ana Fátima Berquó
Art designer: Luciane Nard
Translation: Marcelo Nigri and Robert McCullough
* Federal Senate of Brazil – Week Honoring Persons with Disabilities (Brasília, Brazil, December 2009);
* United Nations – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (New York, December 2009);
* Benjamin Constant Institute (Rio de Janeiro, June 2009).
Showing in Celebration of Louis Braille's Bicentennial:
* Rio Grande do Sul Public Library (Porto Alegre, Brazil, August 2009).
* 11th Havana Film Festival New York – Official Selection (New York, April 2010);
* 9th Picture This...International Disability Film Festival (Calgary, Canada, February 2010).
New York -- The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) launches its second decade April 16-23 with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with noted international filmmakers, actors and producers. Forty highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will be screened.
This year’s Festival has a variety of genres and themes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, U.S. and Uruguay, ranging from comedy, thrillers, drama, film noir and children’s tales, as well as films and documentaries about the influence of music and dance.
On April 16th, HFFNY opens with the New York premiere of the Brazilian film, Veronica, 1 pm at the Quad Cinema, the Festival’s primary screening venue. In honor of the occasion the Consulate General of Brazil in New York will be providing refreshments. VERONICA, directed by Mauricio Farias. 2009. Brazil. Fiction. QUAD CINEMA APRIL 16 @ 1:00 PM & APRIL 19 @ 5:00 PM.
Veronica, a 40 years old teacher, works in a periphery poor school in Rio de Janeiro. One day, after class, Leandro, a seven year old kid is waiting for his parents by the school gate but they never come. She decides to take him home. Guided by him, she enters in the slum and discovers that his parents were killed by a gang. The boy's life is in danger. Veronica decides to protect him. She discovers a network of corruption and traffic power. The enemy is growing bigger and they are totally wrapped. The Opening Night Ceremony and Screening takes place at the New York Directors Guild Theatre, 110 West 57th Street, at 7 pm with the New York premiere of Los Dioses Rotos, the box office sensation and award-winning film by Cuban director Ernesto Daranas. Actress Silvia Aguila will present the film. For a complete schedule of events and venues, please log on to http://www.hffny.com
New York -- On April 22, 2010 you can see the cinebiography of the notorious musician Arnaldo Baptista, former lead singer of the band Os Mutantes.
This film is one of a series of Brazilian films featured at the 92Y Tribeca theatre.
Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series premiered summer 2009 in conjunction with 92YTribeca and among other Latin American music documentaries, the debut series featured the Brazilian film The Man Who Bottles Clouds by Denise Dummont.
The Fall 2009 edition was devoted exclusively to Brazilian music documentaries, acknowledging the numerous Brazilian filmmakers who have turned the camera to follow and record the great traditions of Brazilian music. Following the success of the Fall series the 2010 edition of Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series focuses again on Brazilian music documentaries and will continue to expose New York audiences to a variety of different themes in Brazilian music and culture.
Helena Solberg’s film The Enchanted Word is a reflection on how popular music is an unexpected vehicle for poetry and literature in Brazil, a country with a strong oral tradition while The Mystery of Samba directed by Carolina Jabor and Lula Buarque de Hollanda pays homage to the “Velha Guarda" founding members of Portela, one of Rio’s most famous samba schools.
Simonal - No One Knows How Tough it Was directed by Claudio Manoel, Micael Langer and Calvito Leal tells the political and personal story of the fall from grace of one of Brazil’s biggest stars during the dictatorship era and Paulo Henrique Fontenelle’s film “Loki -Arnaldo Baptista “ focuses on another notorious musician of the 60’s, the leader of the world famous band “ Os Mutantes“.
Loki – Arnaldo Baptista
Part of the series Cinema Tropical's Music + Film Series – Focus on Brazil
Thu, Apr 22, 2010, 7:00pm, 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street
Part of the series Cinema Tropical's Music + Film Series – Focus on Brazil
"This is the cinebiography of the notorious musician Arnaldo Baptista, former lead singer of the band Os Mutantes. The artist portrays his life in painting, while remarkable archive footage illustrates the career of this great Brazilian rock star. Interviews with Tom Zé, Nelson Motta, Gilberto Gil, Sean Lennon and others." -Rio Film Festival
Directed by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle. 120 min. 2008.
On Thursday, April 15, and Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Brooklyn-based band Forró de Madame (Madam’s Forró) will play their unique (and contemporary) version of Brazilian Forró at the Brooklyn Bar Barbes and Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, respectively.
Forró da Madame is lead by rising Brazilian star Liliana Araújo (singer, percussion) joined by the renowned Uri Sharlin (accordion) and the formidable Mike LaValle (zabumba). Originally from Fortaleza, Ceará, Forró da Madame maintains the traditions of forró by following in the footsteps of the old masters and honors the superstars responsible for its popularization such as Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, Marinês and Azeitona, while also infusing a contemporary touch.
FdM 10 21 09 53 300x225 Two Live Concerts by Forró da Madame in NYC.
Forro da Madame band
Forró is a kind of Northeastern Brazilian dance that developed from European classics styles of folk musics such as “Chula” and “Xotis” (term that originated the derivate “Xote”), as well as a word used to denote the different genres of music which accompanies the dance. Both are much in evidence during the annual Festa Junina (June Festival), a part of Brazilian traditional culture which celebrates some of the saints of the Catholic religion. The most celebrated day of the festival is known as the Saint John’s (São João) day.
Date: Thursday, April 15, 10 pm
Address: 376 9th Street / Brooklyn, NY
Date: Saturday, April 17, 8 pm, with Uri Sharlin’s Dogcat
Location: NY Shambhala Center
Address: 118 West 22nd Street / New York, NY
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Broward County - April 11, 2010 -- Brazilian Voices 2009 Award Winner will perform with Beatriz Malnic (Award winner best female singer in the US and best CD recorded and distributed in the US), Diogo Brown and Claudio Silva, the song Codinome Beija-Flor and Aquarela & Querelas do Brasil (Original vocal arrangement by Beatriz Malnic and Loren Oliveira).
Brazilian Voices is sponsored by TAM Airlines, Broward County Florida Cultural Division, Consulate General of Brazil, Kelly's School of Dance Weston & Community Foundation of Broward.
Brazilian Voices is supported by Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Points of Culture, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Blue Orchid Enterprises, BYZ Studios, AcheiUSA, Jade Photo Art, Sibila Ribeiro Design, Looks to Kill, By Lorena Lima & Black Bear Images.
Brazilian International Press Award - Special Appearance
Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8PM
Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Contact: Loren - (954) 217-1111
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 11, 2010 -Jornal.us----ezLearn Educacional launched a series of online English courses targeted at tourism professionals looking to prepare for the upcoming tourism events in Brazil; the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
"The tourism sector is still not well prepared to host foreign visits because of a lack of spoken English", says Ana Gabriela Pessoa, ezLearn's CEO. "We want to help Brazilians give foreign tourists a great reception."
The courses were especially developed for people with little or no previous English speaking abilities in several areas in the tourism sectors including waiters, salespeople, taxi drivers and tour guides. The courses are available for businesses as well as end consumers. Each course has a duration of between six months and one year, at which point the student receives a certificate.
"This kind of initiative is very important. These courses will help professionals in the tourism industry give a warm welcome to foreigners. They will be able to learn [English] without having to leave their own homes, which is very practical, especially for the busy lives we lead nowadays," says Caio Luiz de Carvalho, president of São Paulo Turismo (SPTuris), an events and tourist promotion company in the City of São Paulo.
ezLearn is a technology start-up based in Rio de Janeiro with a mission to democratize access to high quality education in Brazil. Its first product called meuInglês, launched in February 2009, is an online learning platform which helps Brazilian to learn English and already has over 30,000 members in its online community.
Contact Information ezLearn Educacional
+55 21 2246 7170
Miami, April 11, 2010 - The Foreign Languages Program at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus will be honored during the 2010 Brazilian International Press Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
Recognized for the outstanding job in teaching Portuguese to the South Florida community, MDC’s Foreign Languages Program was nominated for the award by The American Association of Teachers of Portuguese (AATP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the teaching of Portuguese throughout the U.S.
This is the first such honor for the Wolfson Campus’ Foreign Languages Program.
MDC’s Wolfson Campus offers both credit and non-credit courses in a variety of foreign languages: Spanish, Arabic, Creole, Chinese, French, Farsi, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and even Yoruba, among others.
Portuguese has been a successful program at the Wolfson Campus Language Center of the School of Community Education, where classes are focused on personal development and language skills acquisition for the workforce.
All classes are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. This is especially important with the bourgeoning Brazilian population in the region.
For more information about the Foreign Language Programs at Wolfson Campus, call 305-237-3219 for credit courses or 305-237-3120 for non-credit courses.
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There's a story - which is probably apocryphal - that President de Gaulle, returning from an official visit to Brazil in the early 60s, was asked what he made of it. His reply is reputed to have been "(((Brazil is the country of the future...and it always will be)))".
Brazil is currently being heralded around the world by politicians and commentators as an emerging global power alongside China and India - it's the B in BRIC (with Russia being the R). It's prominent in the G20 and played a leading role trying to salvage something from the ill-fated Copenhagen climate summit.
The Economist summed this view up last November with a very witty cover picture of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro blasting off.
But Brazil - the fifth largest country in the world with a population of more than 190 million - has promised in the past to achieve sustained economic take-off, most recently in the 1950s and the 1970s, never to maintain it, undermined by an economy prone to indebtedness and hyper-inflation - hence de Gaulle's legendary cynicism.
This week on The World Tonight, we are looking in-depth at Brazil.
Presenter Robin Lustig is there - he'll be blogging on his trip. And we'll be attempting to report the real Brazil, rather than the traditional picture presented in the Western media dominated as it has been by soccer, samba and sun or failure to cope with violent crime or deforestation of the Amazon.
We'll be asking if the success President Lula's government has had lifting Brazilians out of poverty and reducing the country's huge gap between rich and poor can be sustained and what that means for sustainable growth.
Robin will also report on the Rio de Janeiro police's innovative attempt to end the domination of its slums by drugs gangs ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games two years later.
We'll look at Brazil's emergence on the global political stage as it seeks a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. President Lula has been widely praised for his ability to get on with leaders from Barack Obama to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad via Nicholas Sarkozy and Hu Jintao. Some see Brazil as an exponent of Joseph Nye's soft power but little reported is the country's embarkation on military modernisation to back up its diplomacy.
We'll also be asking why Brazil, a country of immigrants and great racial diversity like its northern counterpart, the US, appears to have achieved much more effective cultural assimilation, with everyone speaking Portuguese and regarding themselves as Brazilians, rather than Italian-Brazilians or African-Brazilians.
Robin will also be reporting for the BBC News website and Newshour on BBC World Service radio.
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FT. LAUDERDALE - Broward County Libraries Division, in partnership with AT&T and Broward County Enterprise Technology Services, is now offering customers free Internet and telephone access to Haiti as well as to agencies currently assisting in the earthquake-relief efforts. This program is available until March 31.
Additional computers and data and phone lines have been installed at North Lauderdale Saraniero Library (6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, 954-968-3840); Pompano Beach Branch (1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-786-2181); and Tamarac Branch (8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, 954-720-2282). Study rooms at these three locations have been converted into information access centers.
During this program, customers can place free, 10-minute phone calls to Haiti at the three libraries. Toll-free 800-number service is also provided at no charge, as are Internet connections. Demand for this program is expected to be high. AT&T is reporting that, despite the devastation to Haiti’s infrastructure, 30 to 40 percent of the phone calls are getting through.
Additionally, customers can use BCL public computers at all library locations to access helpful Internet sites, including the U.S. State Department (state.gov), Haiti.911.com, and other earthquake-relief sites. Free wireless WI-FI (on customer-provided equipment) is also available at BCL locations countywide. Access to the BCL public computers and WI-FI is a constant service available at all BCL library locations during open hours.
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The long awaited screening of Brazilian writer and director Marcio Garcia's Predeliction. will be at the LA Film School on March 10th, 2010.
Predilection is an award winning short movie directed and written by Marcio Garcia. The film was recently selected to the Cleveland International Film Festival, a qualifier for the Academy Awards.
Marcio Garcia is today one of the top Brazilian actors having played a number of lead roles in series, movies and soap operas. Predilection is his directorial debut.
Marcio will be present for a Q&A session right after the screening.
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Synopsis: Seven men, one woman and a plan. The customers and employees at the International Bank in Rio de Janeiro have no idea that they're about to have one very bad day. It will go down on a calm Ash Wednesday. Everything is perfectly planned well, almost everything. A series of glitches in the plan end up changing the outcome of this bloody day where few will survive. Predilection shows the very real and gritty side of the criminal world, where criminals aren't poetic or just.
Predilection - Movie Screening and Q&A - March 10th!
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: LA Film School
6363 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90068
Since we have limited seats, please RSVP to Giselleclaudino@gmail.com or on Facebook. Admittance is free.