1 h 33 min
The most significant manifestation of Brazil’s underground scene, the legendary Aguas Claras music festival, was Brazil’s answer to Woodstock. Held in the 1970s and 80s, when military law banned open-air events, the festival was at the forefront of the counterculture movement in Brazil. The documentary traces the history of the festival from its humble beginnings at organiser Leivinha’s parent’s farm to Joao Gilberto performing to a haze of over 100,000 hippies going through a collective catharsis. Águas Claras shaped what Brazilian festivals would be and eclectically transformed more than a generation of music fans.
Graduate of Journalism, Thiago Mattar worked at the Brazilian Cinematheque in Sao Paulo as a shorts film curator. In 2010, Thiago directed the web documentary Laerte about a Brazilian transgender cartoonist. After 10 years of research and production, Taking Iacanga is Mattar’s first feature film.
Thiago Mattar & Deborah Osborn will be present at WOMEX 19, and there will be a Q&A after the screening.
Production Country and Year Brazil, 2019 | Produced by bigBonsai | Producers Deborah Osborn, Gilberto Topczewski, Felipe Briso | Director of Photography Diego Lajst, André Manfrim | Sound Pedro Noizyman | Editor Guilherme Algon
See other screenings: WOMEX 19 at Arthouse Cinema Niagara