Beyond Ipamena Indeed!


The annual Hot Docs documentary festival in Toronto ended on Sunday May 9, 2010, and I caught the last showing of Beyond Ipanema.

Beyond Ipanema was a great film about Brazil’s greatest export: its music. The film covered everything from right down to Carmen Miranda to  CSS and Bonde De Role. Beyond Ipanema takes a look at Brazilian music and its influence outside of Brazil.

Artists like M.I.A, Diplo, Ladybug of Digable Planets, David Byrne, Thievery Corporation are just a few of the cameos that made their way into the film and discuss the feeling of and reach of Brazilian music, be it samba, bosso nova, favela funk and all else in between. From the soft and silky smooth voice of Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz and João Gilberto, to erratic, loud and uber danceable beats of CSS, Brazilian music and flare has something for everyone, and Beyond Ipanema has it all wrapped up in a fantastic little package.

I dare you to watch and not tap your feet or bob your head just a bit.

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One response to “Beyond Ipamena Indeed!

  1. Must see this!

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