Edited film produced for National Geographic Society Expolorer television series focuses on preparations for and performance in Brazil's Carnival Samba parade. Film features Samba dancers from the Manguera slums of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, as they prepare for the Samba parade and an interview with the Manguera master of Samba. Scenes include rehearsing for the parade, costume construction, streets and homes of Manguera, and the children's and adult's Samba parade in which 16 Samba schools compete. Manguera inhabitants express conflicting views of Samba as an essential expression of community pride and as an impediment to economic improvement of an impoverished community.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD