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.
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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