VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil

VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil

    Price: $350.00

    Code: 2458

    Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud
    2013, 93 Minutes
    Purchase: $350 Rental: $125

    After decades of sold out shows and international recognition, musician Gilberto Gil embarks on a new kind of world tour. Traveling from Brazil to Australia and Africa, where he meets with local indigenous communities, Gil continues the work he began as Brazil's first black Minister of Culture - promoting the power of cultural diversity in a globalized world and sharing his vision for the future: a diverse, interconnected planet filled with hope, exchange… and of course music!

    Viramundo: A Musical Journey with Gilberto Gil begins in Bahia, Gil's birthplace, where he proudly claims his black descent while celebrating the value of racial diversity. Gilberto Gil then travels to Australia where he meets with Peter Garrett, current Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth and former singer of the rock group Midnight Oil.

    Together they discuss the strength of artistic creation, which sometimes more than politics, makes people come together. Gil also meets Aborigines in order to better grasp their unsolved situation: he plays with a young hip hoper, Tjimba Possum Burns, and Shellie Morris, a singer and composer, both in search of their own past. In the vast and dry Northern territories, he meets Yolngu Aboriginal people who, through the Mulka project, take the reins of modern media to put their past and present stories into images.

    In South Africa, Gilberto Gil works in the township of Soweto with the Fatima Choir and at the legendary Market Theatre in Johannesburg with the MIAGI youth orchestra where black and white South Africans connect through the universal language of music. With them, he seeks the best way to merge musical genres. Gilberto Gil discusses the future of South Africa and the challenges of reconciliation with renowned artists, such as Vusi Mahlasela, who fought against apartheid. Gil's journey ends with a magical concert at the Market theatre, where soloists, choirs and the orchestra play songs arranged by Paul Hanmer.

    Gilberto Gil comes back to Brazil, in the heart of Amazonia, where he finds threatened cultures closer to home. He encounters Indigenous people who are fighting for the survival of their forgotten traditions while learning how to use modern technologies. Through his final concert on Isla de Flores, Gil expresses his hopes, as well as his doubts, for future generations.

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