A Barquinha

A Barquinha

24min51

Documentary on a ritual at the Barquinha of Antonio Geraldo, an 'Ayahuasca church' in Rio Branco, Acre.

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A Barquinha (song outtake)

A Barquinha (song outtake)

06min07

Short song from a ritual at the Barquinha church of Antonio Geraldo, in Rio Branco Acre.

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Afoxé Alafin Oyó

Afoxé Alafin Oyó

16min10

A film about the annual procession of the 'Afoxé' group Alafin Oyó during Carnival, a direct street emanation of a Candomblé ritual made for the public space, chanting and celebrating their Afro roots in the midst of the chaos of Olinda, Pernambuco

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Os Pífanos da Aldeia Multiétnica

Os Pífanos da Aldeia Multiétnica

03min37

A rare outtake of the Aldeia Multiétnica featuring a french group of Pifano players, some indigenous people joining in the dance, and a whole community formed around a Ciranda song

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Povo Fulni-ô

Povo Fulni-ô

13min53

At the Aldeia Multiétnica, the Fulni-Ô perform their powerful songs and dances, singing stories of nature and resistance of their people

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Povo Kariri-Xocó

Povo Kariri-Xocó

09min36

At the Aldeia Multiétnica, the Kariri-Xocó show some of their songs and dances

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Povo Kayapó

Povo Kayapó

13min53

At the Aldeia Multiétnica, the legendary Kayapó people take over the village over one day, with music, dances, and their fabulous paintings

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Povo Krahô

Povo Krahô

25min30

The very unique Krahô people come from Tocantins, and at the Aldeia Multiétnica they sing non-stop over hours and hours their hypnotic chants for Nature

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Povo Xavante

Povo Xavante

09min40

The Xavante are known for their complex rituals, like the rites of passage into adulthood for men. At the Aldeia Multiétnica, they show some of the Wanaridobe ritual

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Povo Yawalapiti

Povo Yawalapiti

06min55

The Yawalapiti from Xingu are famed for their music centered around the sacred flutes. At the Aldeia Multiétnica, they present a bit of their culture

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Reveillon at Copacabana

Reveillon at Copacabana

13min56

A film on a Umbanda ritual by the Terreiro Tia Maria da Bahia during New Year's Eve in Copacabana, Brazil's biggest new year party that attracts two million of people wearing white, praising Iemanjá and watching the traditional fireworks

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Antonio Pedro

Antonio Pedro

23min20

An ex-rubber tapper from Acre turned sacred healer and musician, he developed its own personal universe around the Ayahuasca. Antonio Pedro invited us, along with his wife Dona Carmem, to a very unique ritual, the first and only time they opened their sacred space to visitors

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Antonio Pedro (outtake 1)

Antonio Pedro (outtake 1)

11min28

Outtake recording on an 'enverseio' song by Antonio Pedro and Dona Carmem

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Antonio Pedro (outtake 2)

Antonio Pedro (outtake 2)

04min13

Outtake recording on an 'enverseio' song by Antonio Pedro and Dona Carmem

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Instrumentos do Acre

Instrumentos do Acre

09min46

Short documentary on the traditional instruments from Acre

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Basilica da Penha

Basilica da Penha

12min26

Documentary on a mass held at the famed Church of Penha, in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, sitting on a top of a large rock and attracting pilgrims for hundreds of years

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Bom Jesus da Lapa

Bom Jesus da Lapa

20min59

A film on the pilgrimage of Bom Jesus da Lapa and its miraculous cavern, in the heart of the Sertão in the state of Bahia, followed every year by thousands of people coming from all around the country

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The Blessing Woman

The Blessing Woman

02min41

A traditional catholic prayer from Tia Ilda, one of the oldest blessing woman in the South of Brazil, on the island of Santa Catarina

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Bumba Meu Boi Unidos de Santa Fé

Bumba Meu Boi Unidos de Santa Fé

36min03

Documentary on the night and day annual celebration of the Bumba-Meu-Boi tradition of Maranhão, following the group Unidos de Santa Fé through the diverse streets and stages where they perform their chants, dances, and the ancient story of the enchanted bull

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Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 1)

Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 1)

16min29

A film shot during the Divine Festivities of the Casa Fanti Ashanti, one of the greatest Afro-Brazilian references in the lands of Maranhão and the music of its Caixeiras, which for years have been playing and singing in praise of the Divine

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Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 2)

Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 2)

15min02

A film shot during the Divine Festivities of the Casa Fanti Ashanti, one of the greatest Afro-Brazilian references in the lands of Maranhão and the music of its Caixeiras, which for years have been playing and singing in praise of the Divine

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Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 3)

Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 3)

09min44

A film shot during the Divine Festivities of the Casa Fanti Ashanti, one of the greatest Afro-Brazilian references in the lands of Maranhão and the music of its Caixeiras, which for years have been playing and singing in praise of the Divine

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Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 4)

Casa Fanti Ashanti (part 4)

12min44

A film shot during the Divine Festivities of the Casa Fanti Ashanti, one of the greatest Afro-Brazilian references in the lands of Maranhão and the music of its Caixeiras, which for years have been playing and singing in praise of the Divine

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Festa do Divino at the Terreiro das Portas Verdes

Festa do Divino at the Terreiro das Portas Verdes

18min27

Outtake recording on another Festa do Divino Espirito Santo in São Luis, at the Terreiro das Portas Verdes

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Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola

Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola

10min32

John of God, the most famous healer of modern Brazil, receives hundreds of patients everyday at the Casa Dom Inácio de Loyola, a spiritist hospital where he is treating people through his highly developed mediumnic abilities

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Casa do Caminho

Casa do Caminho

13min23

The Casa do Caminho is a spiritist house, welcoming every week hundreds of people ready to receive messages from their ancestors and family members, through the powerful mediums working in the place, and then going for healing under the form of spiritual passes given by other members

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Centro Eclético Flor do Lótus Iluminado

Centro Eclético Flor do Lótus Iluminado

14min11

The Santo Daime doctrine, otherwise known as the 'Ayahuasca Church', have its origins in the city of Rio Branco, in the state of Acre. This documentary is shot nearby the original church and follows the young Gabriela Lima Vieira during a traditional Daime ritual.

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Centro Metamorfose

Centro Metamorfose

23min49

A film made during the workshop 'O caminho do Amor' in Garopaba, Santa Catarina, where a group of people gathered for a weekend of tantric meditations seeking to open and expand their hearts, love, confidence and self-esteem

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Centro de Umbanda Caboclo Sete Flechas

Centro de Umbanda Caboclo Sete Flechas

35min49

A traditional Umbanda ritual in the neighborhood of Alto da Boa Vista, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro

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Umbanda Wedding

Umbanda Wedding

08min12

A jewish wedding amidst a traditional Umbanda ritual in the neighborhood of Alto da Boa Vista, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro

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Congado Reinado de Nossa Senhora do Rosário

Congado Reinado de Nossa Senhora do Rosário

26min48

A film made during the traditional Congadas de Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais. Known as "The Faith that Sings and Dance," Reisado is an Afro-Brazilian tradition that mixes catholics and africans cults in a syncretic movement.

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Guarda de Moçambique Treze de Maio

Guarda de Moçambique Treze de Maio

13min01

A short film made on the day of the recognition of the late Dona Isabel, Queen of the Congados, as Master of Popular Culture of Belo Horizonte

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Conscienciologia

Conscienciologia

22min05

A documentary on the Conscientiology center in Foz do Iguaçu, a scientific place of research on life after death and evolution of consciousness

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Círio de Nazaré

Círio de Nazaré

12min17

A film on the largest catholic procession of the world, happening every october in Belém do Pará in the Amazon. Two million devotees following the icon of Our Lady of Nazaré through the streets of the city

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Festa de Iemanjá

Festa de Iemanjá

20min08

Documentary made in Salvador de Bahia on February 2nd, known as the annual Day for Iemanjá, the Sea Goddess of the Orixás pantheon, the most important deity celebrated in the Afro-culture of Brazil

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Banda do Congo São Benedito e São Sebastião

Banda do Congo São Benedito e São Sebastião

12min28

A film on the traditional procession to the sound of the Congo for São Sebastião and São Benedito in Nova Almeida, which had its origins when São Benedito saved the slaves from a shipwreck using the ship´s Mast, main symbol since then of this centenary celebration

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Folia de Reis de Nova Almeida

Folia de Reis de Nova Almeida

08min04

The Folia de Reis in the Reis Magos Church in Nova Almeida, a celebration that is an allusion to the birth of Jesus Christ and the visit of the Three Wise Men

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Flor da Montanha (Feitio)

Flor da Montanha (Feitio)

23min55

Recording of a Ayahuasca making ritual (a 'feitio') at the legendary Ayahuasca church in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the first who explored the links between the Santo Daime doctrine and the Umbanda practices

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Flor da Montanha (Girinha)

Flor da Montanha (Girinha)

07min55

Documentary on a Gira ritual at the legendary Ayahuasca church in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the first who explored the links between the Santo Daime doctrine and the Umbanda practices

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Flor da Montanha (New Year's Ritual)

Flor da Montanha (New Year's Ritual)

23min31

A document on a New Year's Eve Daime ritual at the legendary Ayahuasca church in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the first who explored the links between the Santo Daime doctrine and the Umbanda practices

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Folia de Reis Santa Marta

Folia de Reis Santa Marta

16min17

Music and procession on a film about the group of Folia de Reis in the favela of Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro

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Fraternidade Kayman Outtake (The Feitio)

Fraternidade Kayman Outtake (The Feitio)

06min14

Short documentary on an Ayahuasca making ritual at the Fraternidade Kayman, in the center of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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Fraternidade Kayman Outtake (in boat)

Fraternidade Kayman Outtake (in boat)

19min29

Short documentary on an afternoon spent on a boat, singing and calling entities, incorporations in the middle of the ocean with the Fraternidade Kayman

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Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual I

Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual I

48min18

A film on an 'Umbandaime' ritual, mixing various spiritual techniques and music at the Fraternidade Kayman, an eclectic spiritual center in Belo Horizonte

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Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual II

Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual II

32min42

Film on an experimental 'Encantado' ('Enchanted') ritual at the Fraternidade Kayman, an eclectic spiritual center in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual III

Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual III

15min53

A ritual for Oxum, goddess of rivers and sweet waters, in the mountains of Lumiar by the Fraternidade Kayman

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Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual IIII

Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual IIII

34min24

Documentary on a Santo Daime ritual, singing the entire Book of Hymns of Pai João de Aruanda on the beach of Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, by the Fraternidade Kayman

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Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual IIIII

Fraternidade Kayman ▲ Ritual IIIII

35min48

An experimental 'Umbandaime' ritual celebrating the New Year and the Orixá Iemanjá on the beach of Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, by the Fraternidade Kayman

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Holy Week in Goiás

Holy Week in Goiás

32min38

A film about the theatrical Holy Week of the interior of Brazil, its music, prayers, and the tradiontal and impressive Torch Procession that happens every Holy Thursday in Goiás Velho

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The Serenatas of Goiás

The Serenatas of Goiás

19min17

A short document on a night of 'Serenatas', traditional songs from the interior of Brazil, where music is played from doors to doors in a 'troubadour' style of performance, given as blessings to the inhabitants of the village

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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

12min12

A syncretic mass where the Catholic liturgy mixes with the atabaque's vibrations of the Afro-Brazilian resistance

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Church of Liberation

Church of Liberation

17min13

Recording of a mass at the Church of Liberation in Goiás Velho, State of Goiás

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Ilha de Marajó

Ilha de Marajó

48min12

Documentary on the island of Marajó, the largest fluvial island in the world and a deeply mystical place, home to many cults and spiritualities

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Mestre Damasceno

Mestre Damasceno

02min20

Outtake of a short song by legendary Carimbó singer Mestre Damasceno

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Jurema Sagrada

Jurema Sagrada

19min54

The tradition of the 'Sacred Jurema' is a spiritual culture from Pernambuco, a local entheogen used in mystic and powerful trance rituals. This film document the annual Kipupa Malunguinho gathering, an encounter of Juremeiros from the Northeast of Brazil and a place of resistance

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Boi Maracatu de Arcoverde

Boi Maracatu de Arcoverde

10min26

Short film on the young Boi Maracatu de Arcoverde, mixing Bumba-Meu-Boi tradition from Maranhão with the drum rhythms of Pernambuco, during the Carnival in Recife

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Naná & Os Maracatus

Naná & Os Maracatus

04min45

Short film made during the famous Maracatu rehearsal in Recife, a night led by the late master Naná Vasconcelos amidst hundreds of percussionists, a few days before the official opening of Carnival

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Noite para os Tambores Silenciosos de Olinda

Noite para os Tambores Silenciosos de Olinda

15min45

Recording of the Night of the Silent Drums in Olinda, a night of celebration, processions and music with the most important Maracatu groups in the region gathering and celebrating their Afro identity in the midst of Carnival

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Noite para os Tambores Silenciosos de Recife

Noite para os Tambores Silenciosos de Recife

12min00

Recording of the Night of the Silent Drums in Recife, a night of celebration, processions and music with the most important Maracatu groups in the region gathering and celebrating their Afro identity in the midst of Carnival

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Maracatu Rural (day)

Maracatu Rural (day)

16min12

A film made during the famous Maracatu Rural encounter in the small town of Nazaré da Mata, with the most ancient Maracatu of Brazil, Cambinda Brasileira, just before their departure for the official Carnival celebrations in Recife and Olinda

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Maracatu Rural (night)

Maracatu Rural (night)

10min42

A film made during the Maracatu Rural night rehearsal in the small town of Nazaré da Mata, with the most ancient Maracatu of Brazil, Cambinda Brasileira, in a night full of processions and percussions

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 1)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 1)

20min22

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecó

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 2)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 2)

11min10

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecô

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 3)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 3)

10min44

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecô

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 4)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 4)

10min25

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecô

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 5)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 5)

09min27

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecô

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Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 6)

Mestre Bita do Barão (ritual 6)

17min20

A collection of recordings made during the Orixás Festivities at Mestre Bita do Barão's Temple in Codó, where every august he welcomes thousands of participants into a full week of trance rituals around the rare cult named Terecô

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Monte dos Evangélicos

Monte dos Evangélicos

29min09

Documentary on the 'Jacob's Ladder', a hill in the neighborhood of Irajá, north zone of Rio, which became a place of cult for various evangelical communities in recent years, witnessing small groups of people praying and doing exorcism rituals all day and all night long

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Padre Cícero

Padre Cícero

27min44

Documentary on the pilgrimage of Padre Cícero, in Juazeiro do Norte, in the legendary Cariri region, North-East of Brazil

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Pedro de Oxum

Pedro de Oxum

32min14

A film about Pedro de Oxum, a medium from Codó that shares its everyday life with two entities: Dona Chica Baiana and Dona Maria Padilha, and receive people at his house for healing divinatory sessions

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Povo Huin Kuin

Povo Huin Kuin

17min14

A Kaxinawá ceremony with indigenous leaders from Acre in Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro

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Povo Mehinako

Povo Mehinako

35min39

A contemplative look at the Mehinako from Xingu, Mato Grosso, as they prepare for the annual funerary ritual known as Kuarup

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Rehearsals for Kwarup

Rehearsals for Kwarup

09min21

Rehearsals for the great funeral ritual of the Xingu, the Kuarup, an outtake from the film Mehinako on the dances and songs of one of the most important indigenous rituals

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Shaman Tukuyari

Shaman Tukuyari

12min32

A healing ritual from the Xingu with the shaman of the village Utawana, Pajé Tukuyari, preparing his sacred tobacco, smoking it to enter a trance state, then healing the patient with his hands

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Povo Xavante

Povo Xavante

42min05

Shot in the unique Serra do Roncador in the state of Mato Grosso, a documentary over a day and a night following the Xavante people in their most sacred ritual, the Wai'á'

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Night song for the Yawanawá

Night song for the Yawanawá

05min12

An outtake shot in the Yawanawá village of Nova Esperança, a typical 'new-traditional' song, incorporating guitars into the old chants of the tribe

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Povo Yawanawá

Povo Yawanawá

42min10

A music documentary on the Yawanawá tribe from Acre (border of Peru) during their annual Festival Yawa, which is held every month of october and welcome hundreds of visitors

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Mestre Valentim

Mestre Valentim

20min27

Master Valentim is a traditional Brazilian spiritual healer, welcoming in his hospital in the suburbs of Brasilia hundreds of people three times a week. He receives entities of deceased doctors working through him, even though himself has never studied medicine

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Santuário do Roncador

Santuário do Roncador

16min20

A film on the Incan New Year ritual at the Mystic Sanctuary of the Roncador, a sacred cavern in the state of Mato Grosso

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Sri Prem Baba

Sri Prem Baba

23min08

Documentary following famed Brazilian guru Sri Prem Baba in his ashram of the Chapada dos Veadeiros, a few hours away from Brasília

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Teia da Lua

Teia da Lua

11min29

A documentary following a ritual around the use of Rapé, the traditional tobacco snuff of many indigenous people, in a urban setting amongst a feminine circle

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Templo Positivista de Porto Alegre

Templo Positivista de Porto Alegre

15min17

Recording of a Sunday cult at the Positivist Temple of Porto Alegre, the only temple belonging to the 'Religion of Humanity' still active in the world

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O Experimento do Dráulio

O Experimento do Dráulio

09min42

Outtake recording on an experiment at Dr. Dráulio Araújo's laboratory, where a volunteer has her brain's activities monitored while taking a liquid that may be ayahuasca or a placebo

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Templo da Ordem Universal de Salomão

Templo da Ordem Universal de Salomão

11min39

The 'União do Vegetal' is a doctrine derived from the original Santo Daime cult, now present in many countries around the world. In this film recorded in Rio Branco, state of Acre, the brew is given into a therapeutic context where the 'chamadas' of the leader accompany the visions of the patients

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Templo da Transparência Sublime

Templo da Transparência Sublime

09min47

A ritual at the Taoist Society of Brazil, an institution in the neighbourhood of Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, founded in the 80s by Taiwanese master Wu Zhi Cheng

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Templo do Vale do Sol e da Lua

Templo do Vale do Sol e da Lua

30min42

Umbanda ritual at the modern Temple of the Sun and the Moon, an hour drive from the city of Rio de Janeiro and often populated by young artists and musicians

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Tenda Espírita Oxosse Caçador

Tenda Espírita Oxosse Caçador

40min16

A rare Almas e Angola ritual dedicated to Exu, a local form of Umbanda encountered in the suburbs of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state

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Jogo de Ifá

Jogo de Ifá

05min00

A 'game of Ifá', a divinatory practice coming from Africa and perpetuated in Brazil by a few people - including Zero Telles, in Rio de Janeiro

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Terreiro Ilê Asè Atará Magba

Terreiro Ilê Asè Atará Magba

40min34

A film shot at the Terreiro of Mother Gisèle Omindarewá, the day of an important celebration: the festivities for the female Orixás, the Ayabás, responsible for the balance of the land and of life

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Ilê Axé Icimimó Aganju Didè

Ilê Axé Icimimó Aganju Didè

18min37

Recording of a Candomblé ritual to Obaluaê, the Orixá of the cure, in one of the oldest Terreiros that still preserves its music in the outskirts of the ancient town of Cachoeira, Bahia

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Terreiro Xambá

Terreiro Xambá

23min06

The Nação Xambá is an Afro-Brazilian religion with few houses left in the country. This film brings the traditional Xambá ceremony to Oxum, female Orixá connected to the rivers, waterfalls, gold and beauty

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Terreiro de Mina Dom Miguel

Terreiro de Mina Dom Miguel

28min22

A recording of a Tambor de Mina ritual, an afro-brazilian cult from the north of Brazil who mixes African Orixás and specific other deities closer to the Haitian Voodoo, plus rhythms typical to the city of São Luis, Maranhão

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Templo da Boa Vontade

Templo da Boa Vontade

06min54

Short documentary on the famed 'Temple of Good Will', a pyramid opened day and night in Brasília, allowing people to meditate and cure their energies by walking circularly inside it under a gigantic crystal

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Vale do Amanhecer

Vale do Amanhecer

14min59

Documentary on the 'Valley of Dawn', a unique spiritual center near Brasília, mixing various beliefs and spiritual techniques in a very complex form of cult, to develop higher healing consciousness

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