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TTFF ’12 Preview: Orphan Girl Joins Boys’ Gang In Brazilian Coming Of Age Tale ‘Captains of the Sand’

TTFF '12 Preview: Orphan Girl Joins Boys' Gang In Brazilian Coming Of Age Tale 'Captains of the Sand'

Here’s a film I’d like to see; City of God and Besouro (especially the “capoeira” fighting style clips) come to mind after watching the trailer. Glad to see a woman of the African Diaspora at the helm.

Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Cecilia Amado (1999’s Maua – The Emperor and the King), the action/adventure romantic coming of age tale Captains of the Sand will make its Caribbean premiere at this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Sept 19- Oct 2).

Director Amado co-wrote the script of Captains of the Sand – based on the novel by her grandfather Jorge Amado – along with Hilton Lacerda. Captains, produced by Amado and Bernardo Stroppiana, was an official selection for the Première Brazil’s Rio Festival in 2011.

Set in the 1950’s northeastern Brazilian coast of Salvador, a city in the state of Bahia, Captains tells the story of abandoned kids who turn to petty crime and mansion robberies to survive. Conflict and romance ensue when Dora, an oprhan girl, joins the all-boys gang.


IN THE 1950s in Salvador, Bahia, a motley gang of abandoned street urchins survives by committing petty thefts and sophisticated mansion robberies. But when the orphaned Dora joins their ranks, the camaraderie of this boys-only outfit is threatened. This is a glorious, heartwarming film about a magical year in the life of a group of kids, a time in which they fly like birds, have wonderful dreams, visit hell, and discover love, sex, death and freedom.

Watch the trailer below!

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