Segments in this Video

Brazil's Origins (01:28)


After Cabral landed in 1500, Portuguese settlers imported slaves from Africa. This segment orients viewers to Michael Palin's exploration of Brazil's identity.

Sao Luis Festas Juninas (03:45)

Palin visits the capital of Maranhão and learns the slave origins of the Bumba-meu-boi myth. Visit a local community's ceremonial bull baptism.

Alcantara (02:42)

When slavery was abolished in 1888, Sao Luis cotton and sugar industries crashed. Palin takes a ferry to a former plantation town; over 40% of African slaves were brought to Brazil.

Brazil Beach Culture (02:33)

Families set up food and music entertainment as weekend pastime. A local young man teaches Palin how to "girl watch."

Bumba-meu-boi Celebration (01:45)

Sao Luis residents perform an African influenced dance on St. Peter's day.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (01:50)

Palin visits inland dunes near Sao Luis. Sands constantly change the landscape and unique weather conditions produce freshwater pools.

Recife Culture (02:30)

Palin meets a music promoter and a muralist in the capital of Pernambuco.

Olinda, Brazil (03:01)

Palin visits a historic city near Recife and has a beer in a bodega—a combination shop and bar. A friend shows him how to dance the faha to a live band.

Serrita Vaquero Culture (04:36)

Palin leaves Brazil's coast for ranch land. Aging cowboys carry on the pega de boi tradition of catching wild bulls.

Salvador Catholic Architecture (04:27)

Palin travels to the capital of Bahia. He visits 18th century cathedrals built from colonial wealth; local superstitions including hanging wax body parts to cure disease.

Candomblé Divination (04:29)

Salvador statues represent a religion combining Catholicism and African faiths. Palin has his fortune told by a local priest and attends a dance ceremony.

Olodum Music School (02:49)

Palin gets a drumming lesson from a Salvador youth group playing rhythms rooted in Nigeria.

Bahia Cuisine (06:27)

Salvador's food combines African, indigenous and Portuguese influences. Palin visits a fish market and has a cooking lesson from a local chef, who puts her passion into meals.

Salvador Capoeira (04:59)

Palin learns about the African influenced martial arts dance in Liberdade, a neighborhood where freed slaves settled. A master shows him the moves and interviews him on a local radio station.

Bahia Lifestyle (02:37)

Palin visits a cigar factory in the agricultural town of Cachoeira. The Dutch owner explains how the tropical heat contributes to a relaxed attitude towards life.

Saveiro Culture (02:30)

Palin rides on a traditional sailboat on Salvador Bay. Restoration enthusiasts discuss its cultural importance and defend Bahia's relaxed attitude.

Credits: Out of Africa: Brazil with Michael Palin (00:35)

Credits: Out of Africa: Brazil with Michael Palin

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Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East, where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before traveling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros – Brazilian Cowboys – who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum school and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style, before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers. A BBC Production. A part of the series Brazil with Michael Palin. (54 minutes)

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL57442

ISBN: 978-0-81609-341-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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