O TAMBOR ME CHAMOU (THE CALL OF THE DRUMS) (European Premiere)

O TAMBOR ME CHAMOU (THE CALL OF THE DRUMS) (European Premiere)

Part of the Film Africa 2020 Doc Shorts programme

Monday 2 November | 18:30 | Rich Mix, Screen 1

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Dir. Márcio Cruz

Brazil. 2019. 16 mins. Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles.

On the eve of the Carnival Parade, ‘O Tambor Me Chamou’ introduces us to Ilú Obá de Min, an Afro-Brazilian Feminist group that energized and uplifted the 2019 São Paulo carnival – their most political parade to date. The 400-women strong group breaks with carnival’s traditional roles by playing the drums, the preserved domain of men. 

Music and dance, woman’s body and drum, all unite with the 7 voices and still images into a poetic portrayal, through the interaction between memory, bodies, and Afro-Brazilian percussion instruments. Demonstrating that the history of Afro-Brazilian women is one of resistance, creation and celebration, the film is a compelling vision of an inspiring ‘insurrection’, in the words of Ilú Obá, where ideas and movement are a very special call to arms.


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Márcio Cruz
Márcio Cruz is a filmmaker and writer based in France. He started his career in music journalism as a reporter for the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone and interviewed artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Sharon Jones, George Clinton, Cyndi Lauper as well as numerous aspiring artists. From 2017 to 2019, Cruz has worked as the Head of ONErpm Studios, a network of audiovisual studios in Brazil, Colombia and the United States. He has hosted as a presenter and directed shows featuring some of the most talented voices in the Brazilian music. Cruz was awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2015 and has a Masters degree in Digital Media and Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths, London.