What does Brazilian cinema tell us? What does Brazilian cinema tell us about black actresses and actors? ‘Pressed, Ripped Apart’, a film by Fabio Rodrigues Filho, makes use of archival sources to retrieve the trajectory of black actresses and actors who, between absences and delimited presences, between the fallacy of a racial democracy – based on the harmony among Brazil’s diverse identities – and an erasure of identity, strain the history of Brazilian audiovisual and above all, our own history.
Fabio Rodrigues Filho Responsible for cutting and editing the essay ‘Pressed, Ripped Apart’, he is currently a master's student in communication at UFMG. A film society organizer, he coordinated the film society Mário Gusmão and participated in Cine Tela Preta and Cinema em Vizinhança. He is also a poster designer and writes about film for magazines, catalogs, and his personal blog Tocar o Cinema. He graduated in communication studies from the Federal University of Recôncavo – Bahia, Brazil (UFRB).