Quilombo Country, a documentary film shot in digital video, provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by
runaway slaves or begun from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a quilombo, from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist
Brazil's national mythology, Brazil was a brutal and deadly
place for slaves. But they didn't submit willingly. Thousands
escaped, while others led political and militant movements
that forced white farmers to leave. Largely unknown to the
outside world, today these communities struggle to preserve a
rich heritage born of resistance to
The film ranges
from the Northeastern sugar-growing regions to the heart of
the Amazon rainforest, raising issues of political identity,
land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination.
Included are examples of the material culture that allow the
quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including
hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; as well as
rare footage of syncretic Umbanda and Pajelança ceremonies;
Tambor de Crioula, Carimbó and Boi Bumba drum and dance
celebrations; and Festivals of the Mast.
is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, media commentator
and leader of the iconic hip hop band Public
was shot in digital video and has a runtime of 73 minutes.
Leonard Abrams is the producer and director. For more
information call 212-260-7540 or email