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Discovery Atlas: Brazil Revealed
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Discover the world, one person at a time...Discovery Atlas! Discover Brazil through the eyes of its people and explore the surrounding beaches, jungles and landscaping mountains that make this land so vibrant. Witness the roles that history, geography, culture, religion and the natural environment have played in shaping one of the most fascinating countries in the world. From a government worker who dreams of performing the samba at Carnaval, to a young man whose life is capoeira, to a river trader whose livelihood depends on the Amazon, and a maid determined to win the biggest amateur soccer tournament in the world, meet some of the individuals who personify the energy and intensity of this tropical South American paradise. Using the latest HD camera technology coupled with movie-caliber cinematography and effects, hear the stories of several Brazilians whose lives sum up the essence of Brazil and epitomize its people's natural habit of "seizing the moment."
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In my opinion, one important information a foreign country dvd "must" include in the video is its food/cuisine.. too bad this one doesn't. The Brazilian cuisine is one of a kind! Over all, I enjoyed this video & its quality overall. There are beautiful sceneries/picturesques, and the narration is as story telling. The narrator talks about one person's life in one region of Brazil, and moves on to another, and then goes back to the previous ones and then back & forth. At the end, she concludes all 7 lives. Most of all, I enjoy Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and the Amazon scenes... too bad it doesn't include Foz do Iguacu (Iguacu Falls)
p.s. Everyone in here says that there is no subtitle in it, but usually, in my experience, this kind of informative videos don't have any subtitles.
The oft-stated aim of Discovery Atlas is not a history lesson ... it is a unique look at countries through the eyes and personal stories of a select group of individuals.
What better ways to learn the true feelings and emotions than by this manner.
Exquisitely shot, wonderfully narrated, these videos provide a unique look into each of these nations that one would not otherwise EVER be party to.
Basically, the narrators and photographers give you views of Brasil through different people's lives and experiences. There's the aspiring footballer, the aspiring bull-rider and a child attempting to escape the realities of life in a favela through capoeira just to name a few. Through the stories of the individuals, you get to see more of the country and the vastness of the culture and people and traditions that are rooted from so many other countries and cultures. From the gritty and seasoned river-boat trader (and... to be a little cynical, I gathered that not all of those vases were empty or available for straight trade...) you can see the awesome Amazon river. From the pretty young helicopter pilot, you can actually see more than just one's dreams, but another spectrum of life in Brasil, which is that of the slightly upper-class and an opportunity that may not be available to some of the other individuals highlighted. From the beautiful girl on Easter and the colors of her city, you can see different religious beliefs in the country as well. And from the sad story of the boy that seemed to have no way out & devastated by his family, you can see a story that's unfortunately a little too common in Brasil - but thankfully with a more promising outcome.
Not to give too much of their stories away, I really liked that they didn't just focus on the poverty in Brasil but rather tried to give an account of life in Brasil from several different perspectives to paint a much more colorful picture that's certainly reflective of the country in general. There are so many different people with all types of different backgrounds. I do wish they would have shown a bit more of the interior or the pantanal, but there was only so much time. Still, I'd recommend this. The stories are touching and the photography was stunning. Hopefully they will make another one of Brasil as there are just so many more stories to tell, and places to see there.