Mimes, Monkeys, And The Ghost Of 'Fitzcarraldo': Inside Brazil's Amazonas Film Festival

Amazonas Teatro FitzcarraldoThere are no movie stars in Brazil. When a local comedy show asked people to list the most famous Brazilians, the top three were Gisele Bundchen, Pele, and Blanka — the green ogre from Street Fighter 2 who got his powers from the bite of an Amazonian electric eel. So far in 2012, not a single Brazilian-made movie has cracked the top ten in the country's own box office — in fact, to find a domestic hit, you have to go all the way down to the romantic comedy E Ai...Comeu?, which to date has made about half of as many reals as Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. [Ed. correction: The production Até que a Sorte nos Separe does rank as Brazil's #10 box office performer of 2012.] But Brazil does have soap stars. And at the Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil — the heart of the Amazon — soap stars, dozens and dozens of them, all handsome and cheerful and thrilled by their own fame, were the main event.

That a film festival celebrates soap stars makes no sense, until it does. One of the major reasons for trekking these TV celebrities out to Manaus is to lure schoolchildren to attend the free festival where, between hooting hellos at their idols, they watch a movie, fall in love with film and kickstart the next generation of Brazilian cinema.

Amazonas Film FestivalThe second reason for the soap star deluge is to make the rest of the country pay attention to Manaus. Until very recently, the 2.2 million capital city of the Amazon was only accessible by plane and boat; most of the celebrities in attendance from the southern metropolises of Rio and Sao Paulo had never been there at all. It takes longer to drive from Rio to Manaus than it does to drive from Los Angeles to New York, and the cultural distance between the two is so vast that the TV actors kept insisting to us gringo journalists that Manaus wasn't even really Brazil, but more like how we think of Alaska.

But if Manaus has a lot to prove, they've also got the money to do it. In case you haven't heard: Brazil is rich. And Brazil sets aside .85% of the federal budget to support the arts, while the United States manages a meager .066% — and Mitt Romney still wanted to kill Big Bird. The 2012 Amazonas Film Festival was a lavish spare-no-expenses wonder: Every night one to two movies screened for attendees sitting in the velvet chairs of the Teatro Amazonas, an opera house built in 1896, and every day, the festival hosted trips to waterfalls and rainforests and palaces. One afternoon, everyone trekked to a nature reserve to celebrate as Elizabeth the sloth was rechristened a native name meaning "Beloved by Humans." There was a fireworks salute, the clinking of goblets filled with Coca-Cola and Guarana soda, and then the DJ spun "Jungle Boogie.” Meanwhile, a concession stand employee fed stray marmoset monkeys like they were pigeons. And unlike Sundance in Park City, Utah, the film festival isn't even the town's high point of the year: Manaus hosts a big cultural festival every month for rock, opera, folklore, carnival, jazz, theater, dance, pop music, and even Christmas, which this year will be produced by Disney and aired on national TV.

Americans have seen Manaus before, even if they don't realize it. The Ice Cube and Jennifer Lopez masterpiece Anaconda claims to have been shot there, although none of the locals would admit it. (They should.) So few feature films have been shot in the region that when the fest played A Floresta De Jonathas (aka Jonathas' Forest — “Jonathas” is not a typo), a trippy slow burn about a teenager lost in the jungle, it was heralded as the first flick filmed there in 10 years. Film nerds can name a third flick from Manaus: Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, which opens with Klaus Kinksi and Claudia Cardinale leaping from a canoe to dash up the stairs of the grand old Teatro Amazonas, desperate to see Enrico Caruso. But most Brazilians haven't heard of that movie either, though if you believe a word Kinski wrote in his sex-mad autobiography All I Need is Love, he had to have left behind at least a half-dozen half-Brazilian children.

Amazonas Film Festival: Charlie ChaplinThe Teatro Amazonas (pictured at top), where the seven-day film festival was held, looks almost the same as it did when Herzog filmed there in 1982, except for the mime dressed like Charlie Chaplin who stalked the red carpet each night and eagerly leaped in front of every camera. At the opening of the Amazonas Film Festival, the old marble walls — imported from Italy back when the rubber barons of Manaus made it the richest city in the world — buzzed with energy. We American journalists were given headsets that translated the introductory speeches from Portuguese to English, not that they helped us make any sense of the moment when a soap star named Igor, a dead-ringer for Benicio del Toro, stormed the stage uninvited and shouted something loosely paraphrased as, "Thanks for letting me have sex with my girlfriend under a waterfall!" to State Secretary of Culture Robério Braga. Then he pulled a pair of sheer black pantyhose over his head like he was about to rob a convenience store, and fled the stage to massive applause. Lost in translation, I suppose.

The opening night film, Colegas (Buddies) has been sweeping up awards in Brazil. It's comedy version of Natural Born Killers with a twist — the two gun-toting lovebirds on the run with their best friend all have Downs Syndrome. Plus, the trio, headed by de facto leader Stallone (whose parents named him after their favorite actor) were so bored at their institution for the mentally handicapped that they spent their days memorizing old Hollywood movies on VHS. It's a Brazilian movie about American movies — even the credits riff off old posters for Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Godfather. When girlfriend Aniha waves a pistol in a fancy Buenos Aires restaurant, she hollers, “Everybody be cool — this is a robbery!” and when she and Stallone snuggle up, he whispers, “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?” The inevitable Fox Searchlight remake will rake in millions, especially with the built-in controversy of a cast that's half-disabled. But there was no frisson of exploitation here, though when lead ingenue Rita Pokk literally lowered to her knees onstage to thank the director for allowing her to act, he hastily joined her on the ground.

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Comments

  • mika says:

    Sabe o que é isso? é inveja dos brasileiros ;)
    Ela acha que tudo no país dela é lindo e maravilhoso, mas não passa de ilusão! Eu quero é ver ela vir aqui em Manaus, vai acontecer a mesma coisa que iriam fazer no restart kkkkkkkk, em vez de ser ovo, vai ser o famoso TUCUMÃ kkkkk, aí talvez ela nem volte mais aqui ;)

    • Fabiano says:

      Realmente a decandente e falida indústria do cinema americano tem mesmo que ter muita inveja dos dos brasileiros. Not!

      • mika says:

        não estou falando da industria de cinema americano, é inveja de o Brasil ser um país carismático, maravilhoso belas suas belezas naturais, e assim vai, exceto a pobreza ;)

        • Rafael says:

          Na verdade o que ele disse é a mais pura verdade, filme nacional só faz sucesso quando é com os atores de novelas da globo.
          O Brasil não é maravilhoso ao contrário está longe de ser, nossas cidades são sujas e não venha me dizer que não é porque é sim. Beleza natural tem em qualquer lugar do mundo!
          Carismático? Melhor colocar alienado, ai sim estará certo.
          Eles não tem inveja do Brasil, não precisam, muito pelo contrário os nossos representantes (governo) é que tem inveja deles e tenta fazer de tudo para que sejamos mais parecidos com eles.
          Nós temos muitos problemas e não adiantar mascarar e dizer "a mais tem isso ou tem aquilo" somos muito piores do que a maioria vê, acha que não? Pergunte pras pessoas se elas sabiam que durante a maior parte do ano os nossos professores das universidades federais estavam de greve. A maioria vai dizer que não, sabe porque? Porque somos um país alienado!

  • Nathalie Bernier says:

    Well, Amy has the right to write whatever she wants about the Manaus film festival, this is called liberty of expression.; the good news is that we have the same right.to answer.

    Well, before anything, I want to tell that I'm french, but lived in NY most of my life , until I decided to move my life to Ro de Janeiro; which I believe give me a pretty good look at the all situation.
    I still have a really hard time to believe that it is a real jornalist that wrote this article. I was actually present at the festival, and can't remember meeting her, maybe because she was sticking with all the other Americans, avoiding her to share a bit more with the brazilians, which maybe would avoided her to write so many mistakes.

    Starting her article, saying that they is no Brazilians movie star, is really a lack of homework!! maybe she never heard of Fernanda Montenegro, that was competing as best actrice to the oscars against Gwineth Paltrow ( That won really unfairly for "Sheakspeare in love"), or Wagner Moura, or etc. Incredible actors is not what is missing in Brazil, Obviously, nobody explained to her that in Brazil, unfortunally, the movie business is not that lucrative for actors yet, and in order to survive and keep acting in plays and films , they need to do soap opera. For this reason , too, the Brazilians soap opera are the best in the world.

    All the actors present during the festival were realy good actors: Antônio Pitanga, Otávio Augusto, Bruno Garcia, Igor Cotrim, Bia Nunes, etc. Prbably all of those would be super stars if born in the USA.

    If she was saying that there is no film industry in Brazil would be one thing, because, it is the truth! there is a film business, but nothing compared to the big machine that exists in the States. But since when, it avoid a country doing great films??? the truth is that most of the best american movies are also the independents !!! Here, most of the film are independents, and the distribution is just really small, but it doesn't take away the quality of the films or of its actors.!

    Talking about the actor Igor Cotrim, that went to the stage to make an homage to Zelito, saying that he was talking about having sex in the waterfall with his girlfriend, seriously??! she really didn't think one second that it sounded strange??? and by the way, Igor Cotrim is not a soap opera actor!! but he won 6 prices as best actor for his last film, and had received incredible critics from all over the world for his interpretation, including in LA. MIAMI and NY during the Tribeca Film Festival.

    Now, let's talk about this famous road that join Manaus to the rest of the country!!!!!!!!!!!! my god, my niece from 10 years old in France knows that you can only go to Manaus with a plane or a boat, and she has never been to Brazil. talking about Parintins, instead of Tocantins! please!

    Girl, you are entitled to write your opinion, but please, do your homework before, or other way you appear one more stupid american that thinks that the world revolve around the States.

    Dario say that you are really young, as an excuse for your ignorance, and I really want to believe that it is true, and that you will learn with your mistakes and stop writing with arogance about subjects that you don't know anything about.

    Every country in the world has its own issues, its own problems, but I learn one thing in my life, is that RESPECT is due everywhere!

    • Max Milliano Melo says:

      good job!

    • brucetorres says:

      No, it's not a good job. Amy is right: we don't have any Brazilian movie stars because our main entertainment media is TV, not cinema. Even Fernanda Motnenegro and Wagner Moura are soap opera actors. In the U.S. you'd notice that there's a separation between sopa opera and cinema - sometimes the first one is seen as derogatory.

      Also, we really don't have a film industry because we live under a monopoly - Globo Filmes. Our independent filmmakers have problems to release their movies even on DVD! The most recent Brazilian independent movie to achieve some success was "2 Coelhos", and that's because the director had to put his own money on the project, a work that took a couple of years to be finished.

      Now, about Parintins... That was really bullshit.

    • Marly says:

      Thank you Natalie. When I travel to other countries, just for tourism, I always make a point of understandig its culture, geography, and other revelevant issues. A journalist has the obligation to know what he/she is talking about. That is not the case... As you so well put, she should have done her homework. As this also stains movieline's reputation (if they publish this about us, how can I take seriously other articles?) so I hope they will be more careful in the future with their choices of representatives...

    • That's is true! I don't believe she's a real journalist too! A real one would look for informations about the actors and about brazillian movies before write what she did. Anyway, maybe she was on "that days" during her visit to the festival and write this article only to attend her boss .
      I'm Brazillian in Manaus and I know the difficulties of my city and the fight to turn our culture - based on indians culture - respectable in the world together to the white culture: we have our Parintins festival that is almos an opera in the middle of rainforest and also an opera festival in Manaus. I think that if you are invited to a party that is trying to rise and show how our people do to make its films against the odds, you need to RESPECT these people.
      If you don't like it, but you have your trip paid by the organization, you could make your focus on what you like and let the negative comments to last 3 lines of your material.
      Nathalie Bernies was brilliant when she writes her coment!

  • Max Milliano Melo says:

    And Movieline.com? Will not comment this "article"?

  • Fernanda says:

    After reading these comments cursing the author of the article, I have some considerations:
    -Despite the fact that there are so many misconceptions about Brazil, given the known lack of knowledge among Americans about everything that concerns our country, classical stereotypes, cliches and everything else, some things are (unfortunately) true!
    In fact, a lot of actors and actresses present at the festival are soap stars, more specifically from Rede Globo (the second-largest commercial TV network in annual revenue worldwide), "artistas globais" ("global artists"), as they are commonly called by the media. Some of the "global artists" present present at the event also act in movies and others that are just television stars. The fact of being a soap star isn't a problem for me, Brazilians indeed love soap operas and this is not, and should not be source of shame because our soap operas are no longer a minor genre and have nothing to do with the style of Mexican melodramas. But some things really do not make sense, especially when we read some notes published on the website of Globo: such as the presence of the following persons: Felipe Dyllon (?), Giselle Batista (?), Carlos Casagrande (?)... you wonder why the coming of these celebrities and sub celebrities was funded... with our money!!!... Is it a lie that many of these had never been in Amazonas? No... like many brazilians... from g1 website: "Bruno Garcia, the first time in Manaus, came as a special guest of the event for an ecological action. "Tomorrow I and Christiane Torloni, we will baptize a sloth"" (WHAT THE HELL IS THIS????)
    - for those who denied the claim that Brazil has no movie stars, including Max Miliano Melo ( December 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm ) who cited Marcela Cartaxo, Ana Beatriz Nogueira and Sandra Corveloni, i ask: Really? In the real sense of the term, artists abble to attract big box office... ? Unless one or other exception, no. There are exceptional Brazilian films, starring all the mentioned artists , but how many of them are acessible to Brazilians who don't live in the big cities?
    We Brazilians don't like to be criticized by foreigners... NEVER... we have a pathological need to receive only praise from outside... When any foreigner come here, what are the classic questions? what are you think of Brazil? What do you think of Brazilian women? What do you think of Carnival?... Always expecting positive responses... even when we don't deserve! Of course the sthereotypes of Brazil bother us... things like jungle, snakes, monkeys, naked women, prostitutes, Buenos Aires as the capital of Brazil, Brazilians speaking spanish... but sometimes we are ourselves responsible for the perpetuation of these stereothypes!

    • Max Milliano Melo says:

      I agree with many of your arguments, but about the existence of "brazilian movie stars", I cited some stars known by their good job, winners of international prizes. Some of them really has power to increase the box office, as Fernanda Torres, Fernanda Montenegro, Lázaro Ramos, Wagner Moura (two of most watched movies of all time in Brazil, Berlin Winner), Marília Pêra, Rodrigo Santoro... but when I wrote my comment, I was not thinking in commercial sucesses or box office, but in artistical qualities.
      In USA they live, in some way, the same situation. The actress who attracted more public to theaters in 2011 was Kristen Stewart. REALLY? IS THIS KIND OF STAR YOU ARE REFERRING?

      • brucetorres says:

        The fact that Kristen Stewart is a bad actress does not deny the fact that she is a movie star. However, in Brazil we don't appreciate cinema as much as the North-Americanas do. We are not as dedicated as them concerning such media. All the Brazilian actors you mentioned above are mainly sopa opera actors, their primary entertainment media is TV. No problem. But they don't attract moviegoers to the movie theaters because they're movie stars - people watch such movies because of the soap operas they are/were starring in. Their main income comes from TV, not the film industry - considering the status quo of ours, that's understandable.

        • Max Milliano Melo says:

          In fact brazilan actors work both in TV and Movies, but, as I said I was not talking about "celebrities", I was talking about quality of work, international prizes, good acting performances, this make a Movie Star, not just the box office as Kristen.

          • brucetorres says:

            That's funny: I thought that what made someone a "movie star" was the fact the person was involve with cinema for a plenty of time.

            Now, if you're talking about quality, that would make someone a good actor. That's all. Theater/TV/Cinema involves acting - you don't say?! But Kristen is a movie star because she's only been acting in movies. People know her from movies. Just like Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Michael J. Fox. A TV star? William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Keeley Hawes. In U.S. they take it serious the distinction between the two medias - some people even have some prejudice against TV stars acting in movies - take George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio in the beginning. Getting rid of being remembered for acting in that media is the dream of some actors when they start in their career. Remember that in spite of sometimes acting in movies, people only remember Larry Hagman for "Dallas" and "I Dream of Jeannie".

      • Fernanda says:

        não me confunda com uma fã de Crepúsculo e outras sagas adolescentes idiotas, por favor! E além disso, sucesso de bilheteria/publico/apelo comercial não tem nada a ver com qualidade do filme. Há excelentes filmes de baixo orçamente/pouco apelo comercial e um monte de lixo em que
        é investido muito dinheiro. Também não dá para pagar de intelectual e dizer que cinema é só arte, cinema também é entretenimento, ou não?.... há casos em que as duas coisas andam juntas, excelentes filmes de qualidade que são verdadeiros campeões de bilheteria! Minha questão é: no Brasil, o cinema ainda está há anos luz da industria cinematográfica de outros países e nem precisa ir tão longe, basta comparar com o cinema argentino, por exemplo! Falar de estrelas de cinema, aqui no Brasil, é dificil! É lógico que todos os artistas citados por você são inegavelmente excelentes, tanto é que foram reconhecidos em festivais tão importantes quanto os de Berlin, Cannes.... Mas quanto desses filmes excelentes estrelados por eles foram amplamente distribuídos em cidades fora as capitais.... e nem estou falando de lugares onde o Judas perdeu as Botas, basta citar o interior do Estado de São Paulo (que há muito tempo deixou de ser aquele interior do caipira ignorante).... A distribuição desses filmes é super restrita. Gostando ou não do termo "movie stars" ao qual a autora se refere, é isso, grandes nomes para atrair o público ao cinema.

        • brucetorres says:

          Let me translate Fernanda's comment:

          "Please don't think of me as a 'Twilighter' or fan of other dumb series aimed for teenagers! Also, a box office or public hit or a movie with commercial appeal has nothing to do with a movie's quality. There are outstanding movies with small budgets or few commercial appeal, and also there's a lot of trash financed with a lot of money. You shouldn't pretend to be an intellectual and say that cinema is only Art - it's Entertainment, too, isn't it? There are cases where a movie falls under both criteria - excellent movies that also are box office hits. The problem is: in Brazil, the film industry is still distant from the reality of the film industry of other countries - for example, Argentina, a closer country. Talking about movie stars here in Brazil is complicated. Obviously all the actors you mentioned are amazing - they were even awarded in great festivals, like Berlin and Cannes. But how many of such outstanding movies starred by them were widely released in cities other than the capital cities? I'm not talking about Never-Never, let us just mention the countryside towns in the State of São Paulo (which are very distant from that time where there were only ignorant "rednecks"). Such release is very restricted. You may not like the 'movie star' term the author used here, but that's what it means: an important name to attract people to the movie theaters."

    • Max Milliano Melo says:

      And about the difficulty of many brazilians to receive criticism, It's real true, but I don't think it's the case, because Army did not criticized the Festival, she actually praised the event! My revolt is about the lack of respect with Brazilian culture.
      Imagine if I go to Tribecca and write a text saying that "all american actors has no talent as Kristen Stewart" ou "all the american society is full of obese and violent people" it would not a "criticism" but a lack of respect with all the good american people.

  • Henrik says:

    Great. Brazilians are very sensitive from criticism, especially when it comes from the U.S. And they are not used to independent writers who write what they want, because Brazilian journalism still suffer from self-censorship. I was in Manaus last week and agree with most of what you say. Amazon is Brazils Alaska, very few Brazilians have been there. Many more do not ever want to go there.

    And you perfectly right that Brazil doesn´t have any movie stars. They only have Rodrigo Santoro... Small countries like Sweden and Denmark have five times more.

    This reaction that Folha de São Paulo, Brazil's biggest and best newspaper, did is embarrassing. The reporter seems to have the complex we in Brazil call "Complexo de vira-lata" och should stop working as a journalist.

    • Letícia says:

      She has the right to express her opinion about Brazil, but as a jornalist she must have at least some respect for the readers giving precise information. And that has nothing to do with "complexo de viralata".

      She didn't check many informations in the text! Brazilian minister of culture, for instance, wasn't even on the festival! On the stage was the state's secretary of culture, Robério Braga.

    • MACLima says:

      "Amazon is Brazils Alaska, very few Brazilians have been there."
      Man, I'm wondering where did your brain went to on that line. 2+ million real, native and proud Brazilians were born and live there. And the Amazon has nothing to do with Alaska in ways how it was made part its country, respectively. You don't need a lecture to be owned by your own words so, please, don't embrace every stupid thing people say out there. It just makes you sound likewise.
      And even if the Amazon history was disconnected from the rest of the country - which IS NOT - make a single and simple research on Manaus main income zone, which is Manufacturing, to see who are the Directors, Managers and Experts in each factory. People from all over the country are transferred to Manaus each year, in order to start, manage and develop all those businesses and operations. They go to Manaus, and many of them choose Manaus for living, making Manaus people as diverse as the whole country. Just one fact to undo this Alaska comparison.
      Do you have to know that by heart? Obviously NOT. But caution is always welcome when talking about something you don't know enough.

      Be cool.

      • Henrik says:

        Ok, I understand you. The Brazilians who live in the Amazon have of course visited Amazon, otherwise it would be very weird. What I tried to explain was that the Brazilians who do not live in the Amazon don't go there. If you would go travelin you would know that Manaus is not directly located on the top list in terms of destinations for Brazilian tourists. They still prefer to go to Miami and New York (which is located in the U.S.) and Paris (located in Europe). Most tourists in the Amazon are foreigners, many from the U.S. and Europe.

        I love to vistit Manaus, which I think is a great city. But in the case of the industrial park that you celebrates, I'll just tell you thats it's very difficult to get managers to move there with their families. They prefer to stay in SP or Rio. But you've missed that for some reason. Maybe you move around in other circles.

        • MACLima says:

          Definitely, I move around in other circles. Living, studying and working there for more than 20 years makes me see things in a different way.

          Besides government efforts to make Manaus and the Amazon strong tourism destinations also to Brazilians - and you can take the Film, Opera and Boi Bumbá Festivals as some of them, yet there's no way to compete with the industrial businesses. Manaus isn't that tourism destination and you've said it right.
          In other hand, I still say yes, a great part of the "outsiders" go to Manaus with their families, if they already have one, specially when they have no children, babies or no dependents anymore.

          But, this point and other points that I could enlist aren't the core of my argument. As yourself said, the great majority of tourists in the Amazon are foreigners, and taking this fact: I don't see anybody doing such tourism or even being called to work in Alaska (or any "alaska" destination). Even if this happens, which is perfectly possible, would you compare to Manaus and the Amazon? I don't think it so.

          What I see - thanks to your second comment - is that you had a great point about Brazilians and their misconceptions/lack of interest about their own territory (I agree with that 100%), but chose to take a hook on an "unbrained" punchline said by a third party. You don't need that.

  • Filipe says:

    Ms. Nicholson,

    Please be aware that Brazil is full of pseudo-patriots. I'm a Brazilian and I know this because I'm surrounded by many people like that. One could expect that from a country which, many Brazilians believe, is "blessed by God". There's a popular saying here: "God is Brazilian" (which is also the title of a Brazilian movie), so you can get an idea of the situation.

    Brazilians like that (which are not few) are ready to attack anyone or any organization that speaks of their country, culture or people in an unfavourable fashion. They get into a I'm-blind-to-all-of-Brazil's-innumerable-problems fit and instead of responding to the critics, they normally fall into ad-hominem arguments. So don't take those comments seriously.

  • Felipe says:

    Lazy north-american is lazy... and needs to put everything in terms of easy understanding. I once met a guy from Washington who used to sing "La cucaracha" and "La bamba" claiming these as brazilian songs. What can one do? They are proud to be stupid, they think it's funny.

    Enquanto que nós brasileiros, ao ler um artigo desses, não temos que pensar no que de verdade há no que a jornalista escreveu. E olha que tem muita verdade. Temos que pensar, tentar imaginar, através de que outro olhar seria possível, pensando no papel do jornalista, se aproximar dessa complexidade que ela encontrou no Brasil. Ela falou o que viu? Falou. Ela viu o que queria? Viu.

  • claudio says:

    Fellowship the ironic in this conversation is the fact that no one has asked about the conceptions used by the jornalist. The difference between movie star and soup opera just exist in the USA ou beacuse of them. Around the word the person is actor or actress no matter if she or he work at a play, movie or televison. As a matter of fact there is not a film industry in Brazi,but the same happen in most part of the world. What's is the problem! We have a rich and plural cultural prodution. The poor jornalist didn't write what she saw, she wrote about what she think on Brazil from their own cultural reference, and that is unprofessional in any part of world.

  • Sergio U de LIma says:

    O Diferente sempre incomoda, e a nossa diversidade é gigantesca, Afinal somos um Pais Jovem e sempre seremos o diferencial,,,,

  • DarioPR says:

    Eita moléstia .. O bicho aqui tá pegando, hein? .. Essa matéria é sobre a cobertura do Festival de Cinema em Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil .. Esse é o texto. Mas há um sub-texto, que é uma coisa que o autor intencionalmente omite, mas deixa nas entrelinhas, pra repercutir .. E olha que repercussão !! ..

    Vocês repararam que, aqui nesse site, tudo que a gente escreve é publicado imediatamente? Por que será? O que vocês acham que um leitor americano vai pensar quando souber - e agora vai saber! - que aqui nos sites brasileiros os nossos comentários precisam ser "aprovados" antes de serem publicados? Por que será que nossos textos precisam ser "aprovados"? Alguém sabe? Será que é por que nossa Imprensa é mais "avançada" que a deles? rsrsrsrsrs ..

    Ao contrário dos sites brasileiros, nos sites americanos qualquer cidadão tem o direito de publicar o que pensa, na hora em que pensa .. Isto chama-se Press Freedom (o sub-texto) e nos países mais desenvolvidos é um patrimônio público defendido constitucionalmente. Eu aplaudo de pé. Sou um incorrigível entusiasta da liberdade, aliás, das liberdades. Qualquer coisa pode ser publicada. Se alguém vai ler, aí já são outros quinhentos. Quanto mais leitores tem uma postagem, mais repercussão terá esse pensamento. Claro! E nesse ponto a Amy ( minha colega americana loira linda e cheirosa que conheci em Manaus ) está batendo um bolão. Sua matéria já é de longe a mais lida deste site ..

    Pessoal .. Liberdade de Imprensa (o sub-texto) é um dos indicadores usados para medir o desenvolvimento humano de uma nação. E a Amy não põe o dedo nessa nossa ferida à toa. Há um ranking das Nações Unidas onde o Brasil ocupa um triste 99º lugar. Nigéria, Sérbia, Paraguai e Haiti têm a imprensa mais livre que a nossa. Vamos aproveitar a oportunidade pra refletir sobre isso, porque Liberdade de Imprensa não é coisa que se conquista "por decreto". Nós ainda vamos ter que "apanhar" muito pra alcançar a nossa .. Essa matéria e esses comentários ilustram bem isso.

    Liberdade de Imprensa implica em RECIPROCIDADE. Funciona mais ou menos assim: eu posso dizer tudo o que penso de você, mas em contrapartida eu tenho que ouvir tudo o que você pensa de mim. E o mais incrivelmente doloroso é que só aprende a dizer o que pensa, quem é capaz de ouvir o que o outro pensa .. Nós brasileiros ainda não sabemos "ouvir", só queremos "dizer". Porque ouvir dói ..

    Confesso a vocês que pra mim também foi dolorido ler (e descobrir) que, no Brasil, NOVELA é mais importante do que CINEMA ..
    Amanhã estará doendo menos .. e eu serei mais consciente de mim, e do meu país ..

    Obrigado, Amy, por essa aula de brasilidade que você nos possibilitou.
    Um beijo escaldante pra aquecer o frio californiano.
    Dario

  • DarioPR says:

    / Manaus-Brazil-Amazonas-Film-Festival-Fitzcarraldo- C.O.M.P.L.I.A.N.C.E - C O L E G A S ..

  • Romildo show says:

    I am Brazilian and American journalist said that was the absolute truth, Manaus has the minimum infrastructure and most Brazilians do not like to be in that place. The other fellow Brazilians should use this fury against the journalist and use against politicians who are ruining our country! Thank God save the Queen Brazil and the USA

    • mika says:

      Eu fico me perguntando aonde esse povo que vem para Manaus ficam...será que é nas palafitas, na zona leste e norte? Pra dizer que Manaus é ruim, deve ser por que se hospedaram em um lugar decadente! Manaus em si não é totalmente desestruturada, nossa cidade está em estágio de desenvolvimento, estamos bem melhores do muitas cidades, serio que você é jornalista? Parabéns!

  • Hi. I'm brazillian, and from Manaus.

    The only thing in the entire article, that is not true, is the first sentence. We have many movie stars in Brazil. Fernanda Montenegro was nominated for the Oscar. Rondrigo Santoro (300) star great brazillian movies, like Carandiru and Bicho de Sete Cabeças. Just to mention the actors you must have heard of.

    Besides that, every single thing is true. I don't understand why people are so angry.

    But as the joker would say: "Why so serious"? They paid all your expenses, a fancy hotel, great food, cool trips..

    Perhaps if you had sex in the waterfall, like Igor, you would be less bitter ;) Maybe next time.

    • rotamundi says:

      Thiago, She is free to write what she wants, but need to say what she saw in positive way. It is easy to say bad things about a festival, but the Amazonas Government invited her and paid her trip and hotel to tell the positive things about festival. She only says negative things. Is it correct? I don't think so! Because when you make a festival is to make the best. If we don't make the best, she can tell, but I think she must tell about things she likes on festival, and she didn't tells it! You know our city need more structure, but we would like to improove the festival and not to finish it.
      SHe said the truth? Ok, part of time is. But, where are the positive things? She only had bad things about the festival and the city?

  • Pedro Vianna says:

    Ahazou gata!!! É isso tudo mesmo que você disse!!! Espero que o país agora tome vergonha na cara e comece de fato a investir em cinema de qualidade e não essas bostas da Globo Filmes.

  • Claudia says:

    Freedom of speech is a necessity and a right, but lack of information is a fallacy! No knowledge, at all, of the subject is a major mistake of reasoning. This reporter should go back to school to do her more than overdue homework! She should also take some classes in Portuguese!

  • Janio says:

    I am embarassed of being Brazilian because of this naïve and agressive nationalism typical of those who are here attacking the American journalist.

  • It's amazing how many bullshit only one person can say in a few lines. We don't have movie stars? Yeah, we don't. But at least we don't have stupid people that can't tell half of the world's country for not knowing where they are on a fucking map. A journalist should praise its carreer better. Shame on you, MIss Nicholson.

  • Marçal Gomes says:

    A Amy está dando uma oportunidade de ouro aos amazonenses de saber o quanto o governo do Amazonas está gastanto com artistas e convidados trazidos para esse festival. Vejam as mordomias dadas a essas pessoas as custas da pobresa e miséria do nosso povo e ainda saem como a Amy criticando, o que até é bom, mas menosprezando as pessoas e o lugar o que é inaceitável. Não custa lembrar que Manaus tem um IDH vergonhoso, nosso patrimonio histórico está depredado e várias obras paradas, centro histórico um esculacho e a Amy tendo o sentimento de luxo e riqueza, ta na hora de nós amazonenses debatermos sobre esses gastos inaceitaveis de dinheiro Publico.
    Marçal G.

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