Sonorama film screening: Marcelo Machado’s Tropicalia


Sonorama is very excited to host a special Chicago screening of Marcelo Machado’s 2012 documentary Tropicalia, presented in collaboration with Mr. Bongo Records (UK).

The brief but seminal period at the end of 1969 proved to be a watershed moment in the history of Brazilian music and for many music lovers  served as our first entry to the richness of Brazilian music, and what a primer, rarely before had Brazilian artists produced such an eclectic and seminal output of amazing music.  A bizarre whirlwind of fresh ideas had arrived from a group of young Bahians together with revolutions in theater, film, and the visual arts; creating a small boom of creativity at the end of an already turbulent decade in Brazilian history. Sonorama invites you to explore and discover the rich sounds of Tropicalia along with the  faces and voices that helped make it truly a unique music phenomena that continues to inspire and influence countless artist’s and musicians around the globe.

The screening will be followed with a special vinyl “Amor Tropicalista” dj set by Clark Quente.

Suggested Donation for the screening is $5

Cuando? Friday July 25th  7:30pm

Donde: Cultura in Pilsen

1900 W. Carpenter St.

Chicago, IL

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Mr Bongo:

Long before the so-called global village came into existence, and the Internet made it easy to spread your name around the world, Brazil was already global. It is a country which is culturally cannibalistic by nature, in which the new and the old, the foreign and the indigenous, not only lie side by side but are mixed, assimilated and recreated day in day out. What sort of country is it, in which, at the height of the 60’s, a capoeira song, played with the aggressive drive of rock’n’roll, found its way into thousands of homes, entitled ‘Sunday in the Park’? What do you call this huge melting-pot? Tropicalism!


And, what exactly is Tropicalism? It is this simple, yet complex, question that a Portuguese TV host puts to an exiled and downbeat Caetano Veloso right at the start of Marcelo Machado’s film. The director, who grew up listening to the ground-breaking sounds of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, the Mutantes and Tom Zé, and who did not understand lyrics in English, though had a passion for some- thing called rock’n’roll, takes the audience on a tour through sounds and images and into the history

Gal Costa

Gal Costaof one of Brazil’s most iconic cultural movements.


In an affectionate panorama, built up from a miscellany of references, interviews, material dug from archives, images and, of course, songs, the viewer travels through the fertile, controversial and violent years of 1967, 1968, 1969.


Tropicália has been exhibited in over 15 countries around the world, participating in major film festivals, among them are: 38th Telluride Film Festival (USA), 17 It’s All True (opening), 14th BAFICI (Argentina), Visions du Reel ( Switzerland), Winter Film Festival (Uruguay), World Cinema Amsterdam (Netherlands), JIMFF (South Korea), 17th Milano Film Festival (Italy), San Sebastian (Spain), DocLisboa (Portugual) and many others.