Passinho Dance Off: The Movie


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Passinho Dance Off: The Movie
A Batalha do Passinho: O Filme | Emílio Domingos, 2013
Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles | Format: Blu-ray | 73 minutes

North American Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker Emílio Domingos, writer Júlia Mariano, and dancer Cebolinha

A creation of the kids living in Rio's favelas, passinho is a hybrid of pop, break dancing, and traditional samba, pagode, and frevo. Some of their backyard videos went viral and soon the small dance-offs started getting media attention, propelling some of the participants to local fame. Competitions are divided by age groups, with some dancers as young as five, but Emíilio Domingos’s documentary focuses on some of the most serious contenders, all hoping to receive the king of passinho crown. Providing an alternative to drugs and crime, passinho brings a fresh optimism to the lives of Rio’s youth. Presented in association with Brasil Summerfest at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Cinema Tropical’s Janeiro in New York series.

Series: Sound + Vision 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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