Rocha's 1962 Film Barravento

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.In Rocha’s 1962 film Barravento, native Brazilian fisherman (who appear to have African roots based on their skin color) are at odds with their bosses or those that have control over the fisherman’s lives. Similar to most instances of those in power trying to increase their own wealth, influence, stature, and well-being, the non-black “bosses” take total control of any and all circumstances where they take advantage of their position of power all at the expense of those that lack power and control. There is an essence of “My interests FAR outweigh your interests, regardless of the dire consequences upon your body, mind, family, culture, heritage, financial and social standing, spirit, or future potential.” Cinema Novo attempts to highlight …show more content…
One way to achieve that objective is to film harshly, with graphic and sometimes repulsive and disgusting scenes where those that are being manipulated and controlled by those in power are revealing to the film’s audience the pain, stress, and mental and physical consequences of their repression. Third Cinema was originally from Latin America to expose and raise the political consciousness of the public about the social inequalities in Latin America, just like what Rocha did in the movie Barravento. This movement is sometimes referred to by other names such as Third World Cinema. Third World Cinema, which is a much broader category that generally includes films produced in Third World countries which reflect similar ideas (Dodge). Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu,” is a great example of Third World …show more content…
The World of Apu takes place in India, where Apu lives in a small, rented, dilapidated room that has no kitchen, no running water, no bathroom, no heating or air conditioning, and by today’s standards would probably rent for only $25 a month. To wash his clothes, he has to catch water in buckets from rain running off of the roof from the building his room is in. His rented room is also near train tracks, where the trains passing by are constantly blowing whistles and disturbing Apu constantly. Apu is three months behind on his rent and doesn’t have a steady job. His landlord tells him that if he doesn’t pay his rent that evening that his landlord will look for somebody else to rent the room. Apu is a talented writer who is working on a novel that is loosely based upon his own life. Bottom line, Apu is constantly struggling to make a living, despite his talents as a

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