Glauber Rocha’s restored first feature realized in exile from Brazil was shot in the Congo and assays his vision of a united Third World. Explosively colorful settings and volcanic behavior combine in this Brazzaville-and-jungle-bound tale of an African liberation movement’s efforts to resist European and American imperializing and proselytizing, with a Latin American insurgent fighter on hand to help one of its leaders try to free the nation. The film contains appearances by a number of international arthouse stars from different countries, who act together with locals in sympathy.
Glauber Rocha Glauber de Andrade Rocha (1939-1981) made some of Brazilian cinema’s most enduring classics, such as ‘Black God, White Devil’ (1964), ‘Entranced Earth’ (1967), ‘Antonio das Mortes’ (1969), and ‘The Age of Earth’ (1980). He also wrote and spoke some of its most essential manifestos, polemics, and reflections, and he remains a powerful symbolic figure in many senses today.