Taking Iacanga

Taking Iacagna by bigBonsai
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Directed by Thiago Mattar
93 mins | Brazil, 2019 | Portuguese with English subtitles

The most significant manifestation of Brazil’s underground scene, the legendary 'Águas Claras' music festival, was Brazil’s answer to Woodstock. Held in the 1970s and ‘80s, when military law banned open-air events, the festival was at the forefront of the counterculture movement in Brazil.
The documentary traces the history of the festival from its humble beginnings at organiser Leivinha’s parent’s farm to Joao Gilberto performing to a haze of over 100,000 hippies going through a collective catharsis. 'Águas Claras' shaped what Brazilian festivals would be and eclectically transformed more than a generation of music fans.

Graduate of journalism, Thiago Mattar worked at the Brazilian Cinematheque in Sao Paulo as a shorts film curator. In 2010, Thiago directed the web documentary 'Laerte' about a Brazilian transgender cartoonist. After 10 years of research and production on the subject, 'Taking Iacanga' is Mattar’s first feature film.

Thiago Mattar and Deborah Osborn will be present at WOMEX 19 and there will be a Q&A after the screening.

Produced by: bigBonsai
Producers: Deborah Osborn, Gilberto Topczewski, Felipe Briso
Director of Photography: Diego Lajst, André Manfrim
Sound: Pedro Noizyman
Edited by: Guilherme Algon
Music by: Gilberto Gil, João Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, Paulinho Boca de Cantor, Alceu Valença, Luiz Gonzaga, Jorge Mautner, Sandra de Sá, Raul Seixas, Egberto Gismonti
Contact: bigBonsai