Film scholar and Brazilian cinema expert ROBERT STAM and documentarian KIRSTEN JOHNSON, who has worked on various film projects in Brazil, will take part in a discussion of the night’s program with Flaherty NYC co-programmer Chris Stults, focusing on documentary ethics, representations of gender and voices, and the remarkable life and legacy of the late Eduardo Coutinho.
Screening co-presented with Cinema Tropical.
One of the greatest documentarians of his generation, the Brazilian Eduardo Coutinho was cinema’s consummate interviewer. Playing is his underseen, layered examination of women’s lives, performance, storytelling, and the line between fiction and documentary. Women who answered a classified ad looking for subjects with interesting stories to tell talk with Coutinho about their (often tragic) life stories. As the film goes on, things become more slippery as it’s revealed that many of the women are some of Brazil’s finest actresses are using the original monologues as texts to perform. Wu Tsang opens the program with Shape of a Right Statement, where she re-performs a powerful address by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs.
Shape of a Right Statement
Directed by Wu Tsang
(2008, 5 mins, digital)
Playing (Jogo de cena)
Directed by Eduardo Cotinho
(2007, 105 mins, 35mm)
New York based Cinema Tropical is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization dedicated to promoting, programming and distributing Latin American cinema in the United States. Founded in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, Cinema Tropical is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country.
For film synopses and filmmaker bios: http://flahertyseminar.org/word-play/
For full series description: http://flahertyseminar.org/flaherty-nyc/flaherty-fall-2016/