Brazilogy: T-Shirt Cantata, Adventures of the Amazon Queen, and The Hammock Variations DVD
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Arts, Language and Philosophy Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Casa Estudos Germanicos
Federal University of Para — Belem, Brazil
These three poetic documentaries were shot over the past twenty years in and around the mouth of the Amazon in Belem, Brazil. Each is an offbeat portrait of life in Brazil, as well as “a pretext to show the beautiful people of the Amazon. The combined length of these short films is just under an hour.
- The T-Shirt Cantata is a walk on the Belem streets, a Whitmanic overture.
- The Adventures of the Amazon Queen tells the story of the construction of the model boat, the Amazon Queen, made from palm stalks by an artisan who lives on a tributary of Earth's greatest river. He launches the brave little boat in a spring and off she goes around a bend bound for the Atlantic Ocean. Alligators, boa constrictors, and other hazards of the jungle lurk downstream.
- The Hammock Variations concerns the cultural significance of the hammock to the people of Brazil. It is a meditation on the nature of life from birth to death and is just as much about the symbolic musings in the poetic narration as it is about the actual facts of the hammock.
- South America
- Boat builder