Sunlight strikes moss-covered monuments and gravestones in Bonaventure Cemetary.

Cinema History in Savannah, Georgia

Beginning in the 1960s, author Jim Morekis covers the history of film in Savannah, from Gator (1975) to Glory (1989) to The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and beyond.

The front of a building strung with lights and a sign reading Cine Teatro Recreio.

A Brief History of Brazilian Cinema

Films have always been very popular in Brazil. Author Michael Sommers covers the history of Brazilian cinema, from 1930s romances to the state-subsidized industry begun in the 1960s to the latest crop of critically acclaimed films being produced in the country’s current studios.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Black in Brazil

few months ago, I was over at my friend Myra’s house, when she mentioned that she was going to be interviewed by Henry Louis Gates, the eminent Harvard intellectual and professor of black culture for a documentary about the black diaspora in the Americas. Myra is an author and professor of Bahian history at the […]

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.