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Portuguese (English subtitles)
This uplifting documentary takes a look at the Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance of capoeira, focusing on the life of one man, Mestre Russo, who as a youth in the early 1970s helped popularise the form and create the Roda (literally, 'circle') of Caxias, which has become the biggest capoeira meeting in the world. Capoeira's history is one of political resistance as, up until the 1980s, it was covertly practised when many forms of cultural expression were banned in Brazil. It is also of great social importance as, in the 1990s, Russo took capoeira to the barrio area of Rio de Janeiro known as Baixada Fluminense where he trained many youngsters, giving hope to people who would otherwise be facing a very bleak future.
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