Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2013, Anna Muylaert and Other Info

Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2013, Anna Muylaert and Other Info

2013 Hollywood Brazilian Festival takes place in Los Angeles from July 31 through August 4
at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The Hollywood Brazilian Festival
continues to champion the best in new Brazilian independent cinema
direct from the international festival circuit, presenting films that
break the stereotypes of how Brazil is portrayed.  Now in its fifth
year, the festival will be presenting more than 30 Los Angeles premieres
for 2013!  

All screenings are free of charge, except Opening Gala and Closing Night.  Information can be found on the festival’s official website http://hbrfest.com.  

GUEST OF HONOR ANNA MUYLAERT
Anna Muylaert directed both the opening and closing night films (While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Durval Records).
 Anna is an excellent example of one of the well-known women directors
in Brazil gaining a foothold in an arena traditionally dominated by men,
and reflects the festival’s theme of showing a new Brazil and a culture
in transformation.

ANNA MUYLAERT AND THE EMERGENCE OF WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN BRAZIL 
In
1990, newly-elected Brazilian president Fernando Collor dismantled all
existing mechanisms in support of national filmmaking and production
dropped to practically zero. However, this vacuum ended up being an
unexpected fertile ground for the emergence of a new generation of women
filmmakers, such as Anna Muylaert, who were able to take advantage of
new federal and state initiatives (post 1992-95) in support of cultural
production. At most recent count, there are no fewer than forty-five
women in Brazil directing or codirecting feature-length fiction or
documentary films. Brazilian women’s filmmaking contributed to the
reformulation of sexual, cultural, and political citizenship during
Brazil’s fight for the return and expansion of civil rights during the
1970s and 1980s and the recent questioning of the quality of democracy
in the 1990s and 2000s.
As you may be are
aware, Brazil has been very much in the news lately.  Besides the
anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer and the 2016 Olympics
that will take place in Brazil, there has been international media
coverage of the recent protests in the country:

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