"Every picture tells a story." Rod Stewart.
Zózimo Bulbul, ‘The Black Filmmaker' is a 56-min. biopic tracing the Filmmaker's turbulent life including his academic and audiovisual career while faced with racial prejudice through the decades in Brazil. Forced into exile from his beloved Brazil, he chose other stops as a way to cultivate and establish himself in the film world. A beautiful and touching story, fantastically narrated by famous stage Actor, Michael Lange. It provides a rich filmography of Bulbul’s 30 plus films from around the world.
Bulbul was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1937. A famous Actor, Filmmaker and Screenwriter. Bulbul stood out in his parents' eyes at an early age and masterfully achieved international acclaim with his career later in life. He is an icon and considered as one of thegreatest exponents of African-Brazilian cinemaof the '60sand '70s. He is a proponent of Blackvalue in society and rejects the stereotype of the “lazyslave”ormarginalin their work. He is mindful of his commitment to social consciousness like racial democracyand the teaching of African-Brazilian history in schools.
He is the first Black protagonist of a Brazilian soap opera (Lives in Conflict) as Leila Diniz's boyfriend. http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidas_em_Conflito Besides acting, he worked as a Director and Screenwriter; notably in New York, Paris and Africa. His most famous work in cinematography was ‘Abolition' where the Director narrates the centenary of the Abolition of Slavery in Brazil.
In 1974, Bulbul directed a short film, ‘Soul In The Eye’ which featured the music of John Coltrane. The 8-min film (left over film negatives from Antunes Filho, ‘Standby Compass’) disclosed the culture and survival of enslaved Africans brought to the Americas. Held accountable for censorship violation, this film caused him to be jailed for a few days.
To the milicos (police) it’s not possible that a Black could create such cultivated work but Zozimo declared a few days later, he made the short film at the behest of his friend, poet (and diplomat) Vinicius de Morais. In light of this disconcerting statement, he was imediately released. From this ordeal, the concept of Black Cinema was founded. This is just one of the many inspiring stories surrounding this film.
“What could be aharassmentto co-opt himto denyits originfurther strengthened itsblackness”Rebel from the beginningof his career,rubshis letterof manu missionfilmin the faceof whoyou intendto frame it.
The film also focuses on issues of identity, race and social issues. Who are the Blacks of today? What does it mean to work on Brazilian TV as a Black performer over a White performer? What is the Brazilian identity? The film also shows racial problems in Brazil, South Africa and the U.K.
The history of racism told through a Black voice and a visual journey back to the days of slavery. This film is a true revelation of what is now the Brazilian Cinema.