Internationally celebrated musician (and Brazil's current Minister for the Arts) Gilberto Gil is the narrator and on-screen guide in Viva Sao Joao, Andrucha Waddington's (Eu, Tu Eles, Gemeas) documentary on the tradition and legacy of the 'Festa Junina' celebrations of north-eastern Brazil.
Indigenous, African and Roman Catholic beliefs intersect each June in a series of raucous harvest festivals in honour of Sao Joao, the saint of abundance, celebrating the important things in life - like a healthy cow and a good crop of beans.
Viva Sao Joao features footage from Gil's 2001 concert tour, impromptu performances, jam sessions and street festivities. Back in the north-east, accordions, strong rhythms and beautiful husky voices define the landscape, the people's joy for life and love of their land and of their culture.
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 2190 kbps
Video Resolution: 640x384
Video Aspect Ratio: 5:3
Video Framerate: 29,97 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR /48kHz
Audio Channels: 6
Audio Language: Portuguese
Runtime: 62 mins
Number of Parts:1
Subtitles: English, available from www.mvgroup.org
Note: This is the third of three separate but related documentaries exploring the fascinating world of Brazilian music, culture and language.
The first is Vinicius, a biography of pre-eminent poet and songwriter Vinicius de Moraes.
The third, Lingua - Vidas in Portugues (Lives in Portuguese), an international survey of the Portuguese language, will be released on Sunday 31st March.
All three together provide an insight into the immensely rich culture and heritage of Brazil, it's music, poetry, language and landscape.
Not only that, all three together will fit snugly on a single DVDR!