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Cultura Fest – Day 2 Brazilian cinema talk, discussions and music

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On Wednesday 3rd May 6pm – 9pm

Light refreshments and live music will lead you into the evening presentation and discussion….
Brazil on camera: national and international identities in film

Western audiences may associate Brazilian cinema with recent internationally acclaimed and multiple-award winning films such as ‘City of God’ and ‘Elite Squad’. However, Brazilian film, present since the beginning of the 20th century, has passed through different cycles of production and explored numerous genres throughout the last century and up to the present. In presenting the Brazilian cinematographic historical cycles with clips from key films, Dr Fernanda Rabelo will seek to recognize the characteristics of Brazilian cinema, debating with invited guests what is essentially national and what belongs to an international industry and/or art, itself in constant reinvention. The key discussion will be around what remains unanswered until today: What is the identity or what are the multiple identities of Brazilian cinema?

Speaker: Fernanda Rabelo
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Fernanda Lima Rabelo is a historian with a PhD in Social History from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She has specialized in Brazil’s Contemporary History, Brazil-United States Relations, Cultural History and Transnational History. Her main focus of research is Brazil’s relations with the United States in the 20th century, analyzing the cultural, political and intellectual exchanges between the nations. She has researched about Brazil’s image in 20th century American cinema, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. She was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University in 2012 and has given lectures at academic events in Brazil, the United States, Ireland and Britain over the past 5 years.

Invited guests: Gretha Viana
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Brazilian born Gretha is a producer and writer with 10 years experience in producing documentary television, features, brand content and TV series in Brazil for the international market. For 6 years, she co-ran RED EARTH FILMS, which specialised in providing production services for shoots in South America (for clients such as BBC, HBO, CHANNEL 4, NATGEO, etc). Gretha started to develop Red Earth’s own TV content and had series commissioned by GLOBO, ESPN and THE HISTORY CHANNEL one of which ‘O INFILTRADO’ which Gretha co-wrote and co-produced, was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2014. Gretha’s other credits includes: TV series NAZI HUNTERS (NATGEO) Gemini Award Winner, I SCORED A GOAL IN THE WORLD CUP (ESPN), Sports Emmy nominated and 9.79* where she co-directed and co-produced with UK filmmaker Daniel Gordon.

Humberto Saldanha
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Humberto Saldanha is a PhD candidate in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, where he is developing a study of the circulation of contemporary Brazilian cinema in Europe. He completed a BA in Communication Studies and an MRes in Communication and Contemporary Culture, both at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. His research interests include contemporary Brazilian cinema, transnational and cosmopolitan cinemas, world cinemas, cinematic excess and narratology.

Live music: Carlinhos Cruz singing songs from Brazilian films
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Carlinhos Cruz, singer and song-writer, started playing music aged 10 taking up the sounds and rhythms of the bustling city of São Paulo in Brazil where he comes from. Influenced by the diversity and textures of contemporary Brazilian music his music is a fusion of traditional Brazilian folk and haunting melodies that speak of the vivacity and complexity of contemporary living. Since moving to Ireland almost four years ago Carlinhos has enjoyed exploring contemporary Irish music as well as folk and sean-nós. As well as charming audiences all over Ireland Carlinhos has enjoyed gigging in London and Paris, Berlin. Krakow, Lisbon, Porto to name but a few. Cruz’s debut EP “Do Outro Lado” was launched in The Sugar Club as well as in Lisbon and São Paulo. His new album will be released early next year.
“Do Outro Lado” is available to download at
You can also check Carlinhos out on YouTube and Facebook

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