Brasileirinho: documentary by Mika Kaurismäki | Chora Bruxelas Festival + debate with Mika Kaurismäki, Hamilton de Holanda, Yamandu Costa, Humberto Araujo, Pedro Moura
Brasileirinho is a 90-minute musical documentary film about Choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music. It was back in the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro when Brazilian musicians started to blend European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the melancholic interpretation of the Brazilian Indians’ music to create Choro. Choro is credited as being the first musical expression of Brazil’s melting pot and it had a prominent place in the development of Brazil’s cultural identity.
Choro remained a major popular music style until the 1920s, leading directly to Samba and later to Bossa Nova. After a slight decline in popularity, Choro music has made a remarkable comeback over the past few decades.The film remembers the history but shows, above all, a colorful picture of Choro’s vitality today. The guiding line of the film is the combo ‘Trio Madeira Brasil’ composed of three of Brazil’s outstanding Choro musicians. During a ‘Roda de Choro,’ a traditional Brazilian kind of private jam session, the Trio brings up a concert project.