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Viramundo

Viramundo
Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

France, Switzerland, 2012, documentary, 95 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V

Brazilan jungle. Aborigene villages in Australia. Towns of the Republic of South Afrika. Cinematographic journey of music “Viramundo“ will take us to these lands.
The journey starts in Bahia region, Brazil. 71 year ago world music legend Gilberto Gil was born there. Musician, political activist Gil, who was once Brazilian cultural minister, goes on a journey to faraway lands to find bonds with unic and endangered cultures of Autralian aborigine, South African and Brazil.  Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical career and political commitment. He was appointed Minister of Culture between 2003 and 2008. Artistically active during more than forty years, Gilberto Gil’s discography is constituted of more than fifty official albums. He has toured around the world and has played in front of millions of spectators. His work has been rewarded many times: he received, among others, several Grammy Awards.  In Viramundo, Gilberto Gil is asked to be what he is: an artist politically committed to building a better world.

About the director:

Born 1963 Pierre-Yves Borgeaud has a bachelor’s degree in arts at the Lausanne University in 1990. He has worked as an independent journalist, writing about music and moving images in different media. He also played the drums in jazz and funk bands and worked as a music producer. In 2003, his first long feature “iXieme: diary of a prisoner” is awarded with the Golden Leopard in Video at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2004, the short film “Interface” is nominated for the best Swiss short film. In 2008, his film “Return to Goree”, with Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour, is distributed and awarded worldwide.  In 2013, Pierre-Yves Borgeaud's new long feature documentary, “Viramundo” with Brazilian singer, composer and icon Gilberto Gil was presented for the world premiere at the Visions du Réel Film Festival in Nyon.

Section: Retrospektyva

Dir. of Photography: Camille Cottagnaud