In Taquaras, Tambores e Violas [Flutes, Drums and Guitars], you will get to know some of the music instruments of the popular Brazilian culture, their accents, rhythms and histories. And I am not the one telling it. The artisans, masters, musicians and dancers, guardians of such a rich and unknown tradition, will.
After fourteen years governing the country, the main Brazilian leftist party was booted from power through an impeachment process considered by many a “white coup d’état.” The process hit the left-wing parties and social movements in full. How do these groups stand from this moment on? What are intellectuals and artists thinking and writing?
The film tells the life story of Mother Dango, priestess of Candomblé Angola. Her trajectory is marked by the ancestry inherited from his father, who teached her the Bantu culture, and is crossed by episodes of overcoming and conquests in the face of the violent racism of the country.
Brazil and Angola while on either side of the Atlantic Ocean have the same language, a common colonial past and many shared stories. In this film, correspondence is exchanged between these two places – some people are longtime friends, others have never met. Their stories intertwine and tell about migration, nostalgia, belonging, war, prejudice, exile and distance. The search for identity and flow of memory are driven by the line of affection that binds the seven pairs of speakers presented in this documentary, people whose life stories are traced between Brazil, Angola and Portugal.