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ABC of a Strike (Brazil, 1979-90); Intermissions (Brazil, 2004)

ABC of a Strike (1979-90)
July 12, 2014 - 7:30 pm

ABC of a Strike (ABC da Greve) (Brazil, 1979-90)

Directed by Leon Hirszman.

ABC of a Strike captures the 1979 metal workers’ strikes outside of São Paulo.  The footage sat untouched until after the death of director Leon Hirszman in 1987, by which time the material had a new relevance.  The gripping film captures the union’s battle with the bosses and shows the birth of the region’s Workers’ Party, as well as the emergence of its charismatic leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as “Lula”).

Cinematographer: Adrian Cooper. Editor: Adrian Cooper.

DigiBeta, color, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 86 min.

Intermissions (Entreatos) (Brazil, 2004)

Directed by: João Moreira Salles. 

Given complete access to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a.k.a. “Lula,” during his 2002 run for president, director João Moreira Salles zeroes in on the intimate behind-the-scenes moments of the campaign. From these “intermissions” between big events, Salles provides insight into one of the most fascinating world leaders of our time in a film that ranks alongside The War Room (1993) as one of the most perceptive and candid political documentaries ever.

Producer: Raquel Freire Zangrandi. Cinematographer: Walter Carvalho. Editor: Felipe Lacerda.

DigiBeta, color, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 117 min.