Course Description

Course Name

Analyzing Brazilian Culture through Music and Cinema

Session: VFPS1120

Hours & Credits

54 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Overview

GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course aims to provide students with multiple perspectives on how Brazilian music and cinema relates to Brazilian culture. Another objective of the course is to facilitate Brazilian Portuguese language acquisition for international students. Throughout the course, students will analyze the lyrics of songs in order to learn Brazilian Portuguese vocabulary/syntax, the cultural context of songs, traditional dances and the important role these artists have played in Brazilian society. In regards to cinema, students will watch subtitled movies while paying close attention to vocabulary/syntax and culturally relevant themes and plots.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

The objective of the course is to facilitate language acquisition, learn unique Brazilian cultural nuances, and provide the student with historical background and details pertaining to Brazilian music and cinema.

Activities:

  •  Each class will begin with a class discussion on the central issues addressed in that week's movie assignment.
  • Then, the movie will be presented (always with subtitles in Portuguese).
  • After the movie, the students will listen to a song that belongs to the soundtrack of the movie seen and will be asked to interpret its lyrics.
  • Each theme will occupy three classes, and every three classes the students must write an essay on an issue (of their choice) among the issues debated within that specific theme.
  • On the last day there will be an evaluation.

Theme 1: Culture, Power and Violence

Movie: Cidade de Deus (2002), by Fernando Meirelles
Song: Convite para a vida Seu Jorge

Theme 1: Culture, Power and Violence

Movie: Tropa de Elite: Missão Dada é Missão Cumprida (2007), by José Padilha
Song: Lado B Lado A O Rappa

Theme 1: Culture, Power and Violence

Movie: Tropa de elite 2: o inimigo agora é outro? (2010), by José Padilha
Song: Quem é Ela Zeca Pagodinho

Theme 2: Criminality, Periphery and Brega Culture

Movie: Carandiru (2003), by Hector Babenco
Song: Doida (Você é Doida Demais), written by Lindomar Castilho and Ronaldo Adriano - vs. Stella Miranda. Performed by 'Xicotinho' and Salto Alto.

Theme 2: Criminality, Periphery and Brega Culture

Movie: Cidade Baixa (2005), by Sérgio Machado
Song: Pense em Mim, written by Douglas Maio, José Ribeiro, Mario Soares.

Theme 2: Criminality, Periphery and Brega Culture

Movie: Assalto ao banco central (2011), by Marcos Paulo
Song: Sim, Não, Indiferente Gabriel O Pensador

Theme 3: Brazilian Literature at Cinema

Movie (TV series): Capitu (2008), by Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Song: Carinhoso, written by Pixinguinha and performed by Toquinho

Theme 3: Brazilian Literature at Cinema

Movie: Poeta de sete faces: Carlos Drummond de Andrade? (2002), by Paulo Thiago
Song: Poema de Sete Faces, written by Drummond and performed by Samuel Rosa

Theme 4: Soccer, Religion, Politics and Other Brazilian Cultural Dilemmas

Movie: Central do Brasil (1998), by Walter Salles and João Emanuel Carneiro (2 classes)
Song: Preciso me encontrar Cartola

Theme 4: Soccer, Religion, Politics and Other Brazilian Cultural Dilemmas

Movie: O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias? (2006), by Cao Hamburger
Song: Tropicália, written by Caetano Veloso and performed by Céu.

Theme 5: Great Personalities of Brazilian Music

Movie (TV series): Chiquinha Gonzaga (1999), by Jayme Monjardim (2 classes)
Song: Menina Faceira, written by Chiquinha Gonzaga and performed by Paulinho Moska

Theme 5: Great Personalities of Brazilian Music

Movie (short movies): Documentários musicais (1972) about Carmem Miranda, Pixinguinha, Nelson Cavaquinho and other great brazilian musicians, by Jorge Ileli, Antonio Carlos da Fontoura, Sergio Sanz and Luiz Carlos Lacerda
Song: Tire o seu Sorriso do Caminho, by Nelson Cavaquinho

EVALUATION

To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement (practical works and test lists approved with final grade higher than 7 points - maximum 10 points) and 75% of class attendance. Practical works and test lists approved with final grade higher than 7 points (maximum 10 points).

ATTENDANCE POLICY

75% of class attendance is required. In case of an injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him/her. When the student returns to class, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.

*Course content subject to change