TROPICALIA

Country: Brazil, USA, UK
Year: 2012

Long before the so-called global village came into existence, and the Internet made it easy to spread your name around the world, Brazil was already global. It is a country which is culturally cannibalistic by nature, in which the new and the old, the foreign and the indigenous, not only lie side by side but are mixed, assimilated and recreated day in day out. What sort of country is it, in which, at the height of the 60’s, a capoeira song, played with the aggressive drive of rock’n’roll, found its way into thousands of homes, entitled ‘Sunday in the Park’? What do you call this huge melting-pot? Tropicalism! And, what exactly is Tropicalism? It is this simple, yet complex, question that a Portuguese TV host puts to an exiled and downbeat Caetano Veloso right at the start of Marcelo Machado’s film. The director, who grew up listening to the ground-breaking sounds of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, the Mutantes and Tom Zé, and who did not understand lyrics in English, though had a passion for some- thing called rock’n’roll, takes the audience on a tour through sounds and images and into the history of one of Brazil’s most iconic cultural movements. In an affectionate panorama, built up from a miscellany of references, interviews, material dug from archives, images and, of course, songs, the viewer travels through the fertile, controversial and violent years of 1967, 1968, 1969.

Directed by Marcelo Machado

Marcelo Machado (Brazil, 1958) is a Brazilian director. He graduated in Architecture and starts working as a producer in the late 70sDuring his career, he has worked as a director and coordinator of Tv and radio programs achieving the role of director of the DPZ advertising agency Department of Radio and Television, for which conducted dozens of campaigns and documentaries No limits and Around the world.
In 2000 he left the DPZ, working alternately as director of advertising and television programs, as well as carry out works in video art. Since 2005 he has been dedicated to long-term documentaries.
In September 2012, after two years of production, he released the documentary “Tropicalia”, recovering rare footage of the Tropicalia movement and with new interviews of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé and Rogério Duarte 6.