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  • 5 Brazilian films that are making waves on the international film festival circuit

    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 lot of buzz on the strength of 2012’s highly regarded Neighboring Sounds (O Som ao Redor). But most reviews ranged from positive to ecstatic, and Aquarius has done quite well on the festival circuit since […]

  • 20 eye-popping Brazilian sleeveface photos

    Sleeveface, the act of taking a stylized photo using a record sleeve to cover up one’s face or other body parts, gained a Brazilian twist last year with the Brasil, Mostra Tua Capa sleeveface project. We first caught up with project creators Layana Leonardo and Antônio Adriano a year ago; since then they got to exhibit […]

  • The Brazilian bands most likely to turn heads at SXSW 2016

    6 Brazilian bands you need to see at SXSW 2016

    There are eight Brazilian bands and three solo artists performing at South by Southwest 2016. Here’s an annotated guide to the acts you really oughta get acquainted with — whether or not you’re there. ruído/mm Their name stands for “noise per millimeter,” they’re from the southern city of Curitiba, and they’re just about the best the […]

  • Brazilian billionaires club loses 23 members

    Brazilian billionaires’ club loses 23 members

    Forbes released its 2016 World’s Billionaires ranking, and given the global economic turmoil of late, it shouldn’t be surprising that 221 people fell off the list. Brazil lost 23 billionaires — the third biggest drop after China (42) and the U.S. (25). For better or worse, a look at the list of Brazil’s former billionaires doesn’t […]

  • Brazil's 14 Oscar nominations over the years

    Brazil’s 14 Oscar nominations over the years

    Brazilian films, directors, actors and composers have been nominated for Academy Awards a total of 14 times, including this year. Here are the nominees, in chronological order. 1. “Rio de Janeiro” Composer Ary Barroso got a Best Original Song nomination for “Rio de Janeiro,” from the little-known Hollywood musical Brasil in 1944. Barroso (second from […]

  • 8 essential Brazilian hip hop albums of 2015

    8 essential Brazilian hip hop albums of 2015

    “When I say I saw the face of God/he was a black woman.” – Emicida, “Mãe” Hip hop speaks more eloquently to the current hopes and struggles of Afro-Brazilians than any other musical genre, but that’s not all; hip hop is also the music of choice for Brazil’s disenfranchised urban masses of every race. And […]

  • 8 essential Brazilian eletronica albums of 2015

    8 essential Brazilian electronica albums of 2015

    The Brazilian electronica scene has been on fire throughout the decade, and 2015 was no exception. Much of the best material consists of EPs, singles and remixes, and absorbing all of it requires listeners to do a lot of digging on platforms such as SoundCloud and MixCloud. Some artists, groups and DJs did release top-notch, […]

  • The 10 most successful Brazilian crowdfunding campaigns of 2015

    The 10 most successful Brazilian crowdfunding campaigns of 2015

    Kickante, Brazil’s top crowdfunding platform, compiled a list of the most successful campaigns of 2015. Nonprofit campaigns dominate the list, particularly environmental and animals rights causes, but games and a certain motivational speaker were also popular. Gnomo dos Ranchos Animal Sanctuary After 24 years in operation, the Rancho dos Gnomos animal sanctuary ran out of […]

  • 18 sleeveface photos showing love for Brazilian vinyl

    18 sleeveface photos showing love for Brazilian vinyl

    Sleeveface, the act of taking a stylized photo using a record sleeve to cover up one’s face or other body parts, is an old Internet phenomenon, but a newly launched sleeveface project quickly turned into a minor Brazilian Web sensation with thousands of followers. The project is called Brasil Mostra Tua Capa (“Brazil, Show Your [record] Sleeve”) — an inspired […]