Self-exiled in Italy and France between the years 1969 and 1971, Cacá Diegues is invited by a French TV channel to make a documentary about his experience as a foreigner living in the country – similar as to what is asked of Raul Ruiz in ‘Of Great Events and Ordinary People’. He decides to listen to ordinary French folk about their country, and mixes this material with images from great works of local cinema. Having shown his work in Cannes and worked alongside the iconic Jean-Pierre Léaud, Diegues creates a film with great admiration for the land where he lives his exile, yet also pervaded with homesickness.
Carlos Diegues Carlos Diegues began his career in the 1960s as one of the founders of Cinema Novo. His work has been awarded at some of the most renowned film festivals in the world, such as Cannes, Venice, and Berlin. His filmography includes works such as ‘Ganga Zumba’ (1964), ‘Xica da Silva’ (1976), ‘Bye Bye Brazil'’(1979), ‘Better Days Ahead’ (1990), ‘Tieta of Agreste’, and ‘God is Brazilian’ (2003). He is a member of the Oscar Academy and immortal member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.