"Quilombo Country," the award-winning film about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel slaves, can now be downloaded to rent, buy and stream instantly, right here:
Brazil, once the world's largest slave colony, was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements they called quilombos in Brazil's untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world, these communities struggle today to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.
"Quilombo Country," narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet and leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy, explores Afrobrazilian village life among the forests and rivers of northern Brazil, with rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs. "Quilombo Country" is alive with first-person accounts of racial conflict, cultural ferment, political identity, and the struggle for land and human rights.
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[This download option is for personal use only. For institutional use, please go to http://quilombofilm.com/cart.htm to purchase or rent "Quilombo Country." All institutional DVDs are full-resolution suitable for projection, and contain public performance and classroom screening rights. Journalists may write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-260-7540 to receive a copy for review for publication.]
"An up-close-and-personal look at the state of these villages today, featuring surprisingly articulate accounts from residents lacking in formal education."
– The New York Times
"Persuasive, complex, and timely."– Southern Quarterly"Outstanding footage of festivals, parties and religious ceremonies."– In These Times
"Wonderfully rich...Abrams's grainy, intimate portrait of the difficult everyday life of contemporary quilombo residentsrefuses romanticization."– Black Camera
"Winner, Best Documentary, 2007"– Black International Cinema Berlin festival"Quilombo Country"2006 • USA • Color • Digital 4:3 • Running time: 73 minutes