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Sou da Bahia [I’m from Bahia]

In Bahia, a region in northeast Brazil, dreamers must often rise above clouds of post-colonial racism and generational poverty to succeed.  Now, four diverse Bahian artists explore ideas of hope and what it means to say, “I’m from Bahia.” This is a mosaic of their stories.

Shot in both video and 16mm color film, Sou da Bahia is a mosaically-structured collection of vignettes that explore Bahian collective identity through the perspective of four artists.

Filmed over five weeks in Northeast Brazil, the 37-minute documentary is largely observational, but also delves strongly into the poetic mode of documentary storytelling with its lyrical and textural sequences and even folk art animation. The score features music from a variety of Bahian musicians and evokes a collision between Bahia’s past and its present.

There are three versions of this film: theatrical, TV broadcast, and a 5-part video installation for gallery exhibition.

SCREENINGS/BROADCAST/EXHIBITION

  • Sept 18-19, 2009
    “Sou da Bahia” Multi-Media Art Exhibit, BYU Harris Fine Arts Center (Video Installation Version) — details
  • Sept 18, 2009
    Brigham Young University Harris Fine Arts Center (Theatrical Version Premiere)
  • Aug 24, 2009
    BYU Television International (Broadcast Version Premiere) — about BYU TVI

PRESS

BYU Magazine, “Sou da Bahia” — Fall 2009 — article
BYUtv, First Look (series showcasing student films) — 2010 — full episode