The Sound of Rio: Brasileirinho

90 mins.
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki
Portuguese with subtitles

Presented in collaboration with Choro Camp New England.

A new breed of Brazilian musicians is putting a fresh face on choro, a musical style developed in the heart of Rio during the nineteenth century. Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki (MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA) documents how this original Brazilian urban music continues to develop today, expressing the country’s diverse cultural identity.

In Portuguese, choro literally means "to weep," but this original urban groove of Rio de Janeiro is a joyful expression of Brazilian vitality. The "cry" of choro refers to the wail of the music’s solo instrument, like the flute or clarinet. THE SOUND OF RIO: BRASILEIRINHO looks at the history of choro with an eye to the new generation of artists reinterpreting this classic music, which has similar roots to Argentine tango.

Presented with support from Dean's Beans Organic Coffee.