Producers: Marco Forster, Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Marcello Gonçalves, Zé Paulo Becker, Ronaldo Souza, Yamandú
Duration: 90 mins
Directed by: Mika Kaurismäki
Brasileirinho is a documentary about Choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music. It was back in the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro when Brazilian musicians started to blend European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the melancholic interpretation of the Brazilian Indians music to create Choro. Choro is credited as being the first musical expression of Brazils melting pot and had a prominent place in the development of Brazils cultural identity. Choro remained a major popular music style until the 1920s, leading directly into Samba and later to Bossa Nova. After a slight decline in popularity, Choro music has made a remarkable comeback over the past few decades. The film remembers the history but shows, above all, a colourful picture of Choros vitality today.