Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, WordPress geek and (occasional) event promoter living in Chicago. I developed this site, where I write about Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative things that catch my eye. Don't come to me with Brazilian politics - I'm interested in what's working.
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Bozo biopic is Brazil’s 2018 Oscar hopeful

So far, 2017 has been the first year in recent memory in which a Brazilian movie fails to achieve must-see…

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Braziliana

Creatures that keep Brazilians up at night

Halloween is pretty much an Anglo-Saxon tradition, so we Brazilians only got to experience it vicariously by way of Hollywood.…

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Agenda

‘Aquarius’ finally gets U.S. release

After a lengthy run on the international circuit, Aquarius, the most talked-about Brazilian movie of 2016, had its U.S. debut…

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Agenda

Caetano Veloso tour introduces Teresa Cristina to the world

How do you now when you’ve reached the upper echelons of Brazilian popular music? When Caetano Veloso wants to be…

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Brazil-U.S. relations

Seven years later, Obama, Chicagoans still stung by IOC snub

In early October 2009, as Chicago faced off against Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid for the title of 2016…

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Agenda

Dona Onete brings the sensual rhythms of northern Brazil stateside

Ionete da Silveira Gama, aka Dona Onete, didn’t start singing professionally until her early 60s, but she spent a lifetime…

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Featured

Google sued in Brazil for advertising targeting children on YouTube

Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Service (MPF) filed on Tuesday a lawsuit against Google Brasil, the tech giant’s local subsidiary, for alleged…

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Brazilian cinema at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) has been a reliable source of Brazilian cinema in the Midwest. This year the…

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Agenda

Seu Jorge cashing in with ‘The Life Aquatic’ Bowie covers tour

It’s been 12 years since actor-singer Seu Jorge portrayed Brazilian oceanographer Pelé dos Santos in Wes Anderson’s existential comedy The…

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Film

5 Brazilian films that are making waves on the international circuit

Aquarius Kleber Mendonça Filho’s sophomore film walked away empty-handed from the Cannes Film Festival in May despite arriving with a…

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Art

These street artists honored the 2016 Rio Paralympics with 5 huge murals

One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest street art projects was completed earlier this month in honor of the 2016 Rio…

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Braziliana

This 1972 epic told the story of Brazil’s independence – with dubious accuracy

On Sept. 7, 1822, Dom Pedro de Alcântara, the troubled ruler of Brazil, received a letter from his father, Portuguese…

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