The first international cinematographic film ever dedicated to Gilberto Gil.
After decades of sold out shows and international recognition, musician Gilberto Gil embarks on a new kind of world tour through the southern hemisphere. From Brazil to Australia and South Africa, Gil continues the work he began as Brazil's first black Minister of Culture - promoting the power of cultural diversity in a globalized world and sharing his vision for our future: a diverse, interconnected planet filled with hope, exchange…and of course music!
In the film, Gilberto Gil sets off from his native city: Salvador de Bahia, the Afro-Brazilian state capital by definition, the town where Black Brazilian activism took root and where there is a proliferation of afoxés which are the carnival bands linked to the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé. We see him alongside the Filhos de Gandhi, an afoxé founded in 1949 and very active in the Black Consciousness Movement. We then follow him to Aboriginal Australia and South Africa, where he encounters situations and contexts far from those of contemporary Brazil. Finally, he returns to the heart of Amazonia, where the native inhabitants have been partially left out of the Brazilian "miracle". Throughout the film, real situations confront Gilberto Gil's vision: how to live together and go beyond racial differences? how to preserve and recognize minority cultures? What is the role of new technologies in such context? Gil's experience and his wisdom gained over the years is put to test during the trip. In Viramundo, Gilberto Gil is asked to be what he is: an artist politically committed to building a better world.
a documentary film
directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud,
produced by Dreampixies, Emmanuel Gétaz