The 25th Festival du Film Brésilien de Paris will exclusively present the film "Saravah" in its restored 4K version with the support of the C.N.C.
It was in February 1969 that French film director Pierre Barouh landed in Rio de Janeiro willing to film moments of music that, although he knew little about it, fascinated him intensely. The look of the foreigner, with an open heart for Brazilian music, captured images that for 36 years remained unknown in the country. Those moments became the documentary Saravah, the result of Barouh's filming sessions with the ancestors Pixinguinha and João da Baiana, then octogenarians, the young Maria Bethânia (then aged 21) and Paulinho da Viola, with Baden Powell as a link between generations so distant and fundamental in Brazilian art. Interested in the cultural and religious interventions of the presence of Africa in Brazil, Barouh interviews João da Baiana who, accompanied by Baden on the guitar, tap dances and plays the cymbal and knife, while singing “Okekerê”, by himself, and “Yaô”, by Pixinguinha. A moment in which the timeless history of Brazil is materialized in images through Barouh's lens.
Maria Bethania, Baden Powell, Marcia, João da Baiana, Pixinguinha, Paolino da Viola, Pierre Barouh
- Directed by: Pierre Barouh
- with the collaboration of AWA Films & Pierre Kast
- Production: Saravah Editions
- Images: Yann Le Masson
- Sound: J.C.Leaureux
- Editing: Suzanne Baron
Presented by Benjamin Barouh and Philippe Powell