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Brazil: An Inconvenient History

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Brazil displays to the world its most brilliant features - heady carnivals, samba, football and a bewildering ethnic diversity. But behind this glittering facade, lies a much more disturbing story - the history of the biggest slave population ever.

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  • Actors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UFHECQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was really shocked as I watched this doc. I knew nothing of Brazil's past - of how the Portuguese colonists decimated the indigenous people and then the massive numbers of slaves brought there from West Africa to work on the sugar plantations - it's utterly shocking to find out that the slave trade here was so much bigger than in the USA. This film also gives a good insight into the inter-racial mix of modern Brazil and the still massive inequality between rich and poor - all down to the slave trade. Watch this and learn something new!
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The documentary was placed so deep into the DVD that we couldn't find it for our screening. Trailers and another complete short documentary ran before the main documentary was accessible. It was like watching an infomercial for a film company. That was very bad.
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Informative and incontinent facts about how white folk have colonized and left a path of destruction, in Brazil (as well South America) that still resonates to this day.
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Slavery is such a tragic and painful topic that it can be easy to avoid. However, I could get to the end because so much of what was discussed was like the US and for my slave ancestors. Like the US, the Portuguese brought slaves as the indigenous died out. Slaves were whipped and abused. White men had access to Black women's bodies any time they wanted. An abolition movement begun in the 1800s but the end of slavery did not lead to equality between races in either the US or Brazil.

However, in "Black in Latin America," Dr. Skip Gates stated that Brazilian slavery was worse than in the US. The program supports that. It said that there were few entities to prevent the abuse of slaves. Brazil imported 10 times as many slaves as the US and didn't end slavery until about 20 years after the American Emancipation Proclamation. This work suggests that there were far fewer white women in Brazil compared to the US, so miscegenation just had to happen. An anecdote about a slave woman getting her breasts chopped off is particularly saddening. The work mentions African religions and cultures being intact, although I don't recall the word "Candombl'e" coming up. I hate when conservatives claim, "Africa had slavery too, so you Black people need to stop complaining!" The narrator here said the Portuguese enslaved North Africans long before they traveled across the Atlantic. The work doesn't mention slave revolts until the 1800s. How can that be when slaves outnumbered whites down there? The work mentions Quilombos which I'm guessing US slaves didn't have, but the Brazilian slaves didn't have Canada as an alternative. It turns out that the British played a big role in ending Brazilian slavery by capturing Brazilian slave ships.
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