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Lusophone Film Festival "Casa Grande or the Ballad of Poor Jean"

Saturday, September 26, 2015
12:00 AM
State Theater, 233 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil, 2014) 112min
Introduction by Professor Reighan Gillam (University of Michigan)

Winner of the Audience Award at last year's Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Fellipe Barbosa’s semi autobiographical feature film debut centers around 17-year-old Jean whose privileged life comes crashing down when his parents declare bankruptcy. Used to being driven around by a chauffeur, he must now take the bus to school like everyone else. He meets Luzia — who is half Japanese and half black — on the bus and slowly falls in love with her, despite his father's objections (Chicago Latino Film Festival). A gripping film focusing on complex class and racial dynamics in contemporary Brazil.

Co-sponsored by: Brazil Initiative / Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies • LSA • International Institute • African Studies Center • Department of Afro-American and African Studies • Institute for the Humanities • Department of Romance Languages and Literatures • Sheldon Cohn Fund / Department of Screen Arts and Cultures • Center for European Studies.

For more information about the Lusophone Film Festival.