Raça is a feature-documentary about race in Brazil, a topic igniting passionate debate across the country. Brazil imported ten times more slaves than the U.S. and was the last nation to abolish slavery. Yet, while race has been overtly divisive in most countries with a legacy of slavery, Brazil has long boasted of its intermixing and racial harmony. Today, however, Brazilians are awakening to the reality that opportunity increases directly with the whiteness of one's skin. Half of all Brazilians are of African descent—the world’s second largest black population—yet they are nearly absent in the halls of power and history books. As their country’s economy booms, millions of black Brazilians are no longer willing for the disparities between light and dark skin to be explained away by class. Raça follows three people on the frontlines of this hauntingly familiar, yet quintessentially Brazilian, battle for equality. In the modernist capital of Brasilia, the country’s only black senator fights for landmark civil rights legislation. In the fast-paced metropolis of São Paulo, a famous black pop-star launches a TV station with a cast that looks like Brazil rather than Scandinavia. And deep in the rural countryside, a granddaughter of slaves mobilizes her neighbors to defend ancestral land rights. Together, they form a vibrant portrait of a people struggling to redefine themselves and their nation.
Documentary | 104min. | Color | U.S.- Brazil | 2012
PRINCIPE PRODUCTIONS AND CASA DE CRIAÇÃO PRESENT RAÇA WITH NETINHO DE PAULA, MIÚDA DOS SANTOS AND PAULO PAIM EDITORS JORDANA BERG AND MEGAN MYLAN ASSITANT DIRECTOR LUIS CARLOS DE ALENCAR DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JOEL ZITO ARAÚJO AND MEGAN MYLAN