Quilombo Country
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A "quilombo" is a community of rural Brazil that was founded either by runaway slaves or established on an abandoned plantation, and in this documentary filmmaker Leonard Abrams offers an extensive look into the ceremonies, dances, and lifestyles of the typical quilombo, as well as the fascinating history of these tightknit communities. Brazil was a brutal place for slaves, and most did not submit to their masters willingly. Though thousands of slaves escaped, others opted to organize political and militant movements designed to force white farmers from the land.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The forceful baritone of Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D, who narrates, makes the film's history-telling go down smoothly."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"The storytelling is one that cannot be posed or mimicked."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Hopping from one settlement to another, the film too often feels more like a lesson than an experience."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, Village Voice
"Fascinating documentary study of the lives of Afro-Brazilians who are descendants of the first successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Filled with gorgeous music and dance as well as eye-opening social commentary."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The film ends with a slow-motion shot of quilombo dwellers dancing, the tension between old and new worlds unresolved."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
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