viva sao joao

Director: Andrucha Waddington
82 mins, Brazil, 2002, Portuguese with English subtitles

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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.

Dates   Thursday 24 June 2004, 7.30pm
Admission   Single session: Full $10 Concession $6
Three month membership: Full $20 Concession $12
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