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Iracema (Iracema, uma transa amazônica); Should I Kill Them? (Mato eles?); Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores)

Part of “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary”

Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PMBilly Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum)
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Iracema (Iracema, uma transa amazônica) (Brazil, 1974)

Directed by Jorge Bodanzky, Orlando Senna.

A landmark of Brazilian cinema, Iracema’s fusion of fiction and documentary remains exhilarating today. The film follows a young teenager from the Amazon who heads to the big city where she meets a truck driver and embarks on a road trip across the Trans-Amazon Highway, then under construction. Against the backdrop of this monumental taming of the wilderness, fiction filmmaking becomes inseparably interwoven with documentary in an allegory of Brazilian destiny, progress and identity.

Screenwriter: Orlando Senna. Cinematographer: Jorge Bodanzky, Wolf Gauer, Orlando Senna. Editor: Eva Grundmann. Cast: Edna de Cássia, Paulo César Peréio.

90 min | Portuguese with English subtitles

Preceded by:

Should I Kill Them? (Mato eles?) (Brazil, 1983)

Directed by Sérgio Bianchi.

Should I Kill Them? is a bitterly ironic and parodic short film by Sérgio Bianchi about the “last Indian” and the appropriate response in dealing with him.

34 min | Portuguese with English subtitles

Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores) (Brazil, 1989)

Directed by Jorge Furtado.

Quite likely the most famous Brazilian short film, Isle of Flowers is a savage cine-essay that tracks the path of a tomato to the garbage dump, touching upon all manner of social horrors before illustrating how food that isn’t fit for pigs is then given to the poor.

13 min. | Portuguese with English subtitles

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Cost: $10

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Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3. Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $3.00 flat rate. Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $3.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. Sat-Sun: $3.00 flat rate. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby.

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Sponsor(s): Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Center for Brazilian Studies, UCLA Division of Humanities, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Department of Spanish & Portuguese.