Tom Jobim – According to his Music

Last week a friend of mine invited me to go to movie, A Música Segundo Tom Jobim (The Music According to Tom Jobim). I have to admit that as much I like Antônio Carlos (“Tom”) Jobim– whom in Brazil is pretty much universally revered as the country’s greatest composer of all time – I was […]

Photograph of a print in part of a display at the entrance to a train station.

Waste Land: Turning Garbage into Gold

Michael Sommers went to see Waste Land, a fascinating documentary (about Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and his use of favela garbage) that won the World Cinema Audience Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Film poster featuring one of the Dzi Croquette stars with lipstick and large false lashes.

Introducing Dzi Croquettes

Over the last decade, Brazil’s small but robust film segment has created a culturally significant and surprisingly profitable niche by churning out a number of full-feature documentaries that rescue and pay homage to some of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. Dzi Croquettes is a film that not only captures the talent of the group, but also shines a revealing light upon a complex moment in Brazilian history.