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An afro-Brazilian religious culture in a recent filmography (1980 to 2019)

Grant number: 19/10416-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Populations
Principal Investigator:Vagner Gonçalves da Silva
Grantee:Gustavo Mota Alves Assunção Nogueira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project aims to interpret representations of Afro-Brazilian religions (candomblé, umbanda and others) in contemporary filmography (documentary and fiction films), considering the significant presence of elements or references of these religions in this art. The research proposes a survey of the cinematographic works that somehow focused on the universe of Afro-Brazilian religions by analyzing the sociocultural context of their production, recurrent themes and approaches, their importance in the definition of "national aesthetics" and a pattern of consumption of cultural goods (defining the people-of-santo lifestyle) and its implications in terms of enhancing (or not) Afro-Brazilian religious legacies in the religious field and elsewhere. The reference period for the analysis of the films is from 1980 to 2019. (AU)