By Thiago MATTAR


Musical - Post-Production 2018

"Taking Iacanga” is a documentary about the legendary festival dedicated to Brazilian music helded in a isolated ranch in the 70's and 80’s, considered the biggest gathering of the local hippie movement during the military regime that, back then, ruled the country.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Musical, Transmedia, Documentary
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Thiago MATTAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Marcelo MACHADO
    • Producer(s)
    • Deborah OSBORN (BIG BONSAI)
    • Synopsis
    • "Taking Iacanga" is a feature documentary about the curious story behind a legendary festival dedicated to Brazilian music in the 70's and 80's – the first field festival in the history of Brazil. The event was held in a ranch, when the the country was ruled by a military regime and events such as open air festivals were prohibited by the government. Overcoming politic difficulties, the music festival was the major gathering of the hippie movement.

      The film follows the journey of a 20-year-old student, Antonio Checchin Junior, who
      convinced his family and friends to turn their ranch, located in the countryside of São Paulo, into the main stage of the biggest Brazilian artists of that period, such as Raul Seixas, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal and João Gilberto, who created the musical genre of Bossa Nova.

      Considered the Brazilian Woodstock, the film presents exclusive archive footage of historical concerts, backstage images and interviews with artists, producers and the friendly family that founded the music festival without realizing that the event turned into the most powerful symbol of the counter cultural movement in Brazil.
    • Partners & financing
    • Canal Curta! (Brazilian TV Channel) and FSA (Audiovisual Sector Fund)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 01, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2018
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