THE LOST MANUSCRIPT

O MANUSCRITO PERDIDO

By José BARAHONA

DAVID & GOLIAS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2010

It is said that there is a lost manuscript by Fradique Mendes in a monastery in Cairu, a small city located south of Salvador.This film sets out in search of the manuscript and retraces the journey of Fradique Mendes as he fled, shed light on some social and cultural issues of the actual Brazil.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Second film, Environmental
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL, BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 81 mn
    • Director(s)
    • José BARAHONA
    • Writer(s)
    • José BARAHONA
    • Producer(s)
    • Fernando VENDRELL (David & Golias), Carolina DIAS (Refinaria Filmes)
    • Synopsis
    • It is said that there is a lost manuscript by Fradique Mendes in a monastery in Cairu, a small city located south of Salvador. Fradique was a Portuguese poet and adventurer, a friend of Eça de Queiroz, who settled in the region towards the end of the 19th century. Since he had freed all his slaves he was hated and persecuted by those who defended slavery in Brazil. Forced to flee in haste, he left this manuscript behind in Cairu, in which he pondered upon the origins of Brazilian society and recorded his views about some social questions of the age: expatriates, slavery and Amerindian struggles.
      This film sets out in search of the manuscript and retraces the journey of Fradique Mendes as he fled, visiting some places that could nowadays shed light on some of these same questions: the communities of descendants of African slaves, the Amerindian villages where Cabral first arrived and camps of landless people. These social groups have a 500 year old question in common: the struggle for freedom by means of the struggle to own land.
    • Partners & financing
    • Refinaria Filmes - Brasil
      David & Golias - Portugal
      ICA - Portugal
      RTP - Portugal
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