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A Short History of Brazilian Film

            Brazil is a very complex and interesting country. Not only is it, the largest nation in Latin America but in addition it is the most varied in geography, climate, population and culture (Rist 1). The people of Brazil are from many different backgrounds due to it being colonised by the Europeans and then the high number of African slaves as well as the indigenous people. Therefore, each unique aspect of these peoples' customs and practices blend together to constitute Brazil's the rich cultural diversity. Brazilians main language is Portuguese, however, since it comprises a mixture of indigenous and African words it is very different to the Portuguese spoken in Portugal. The indigenous influences are seen in the names of places and food items, the Portuguese Catholicism is still practice while the African slaves' effects are seen in the rhythmic percussion for the dances and pageants also it is seen with the ingredients of many dishes especially in North-eastern Brazil (Poelzl viii). Brazil, not only known for its beautiful geography, rich history, exciting culture among others but also for its imperative Brazilian cinema which creates about ten Brazilian films per day. .
             From the early years of Brazilian history it was in a dependency state where it was mostly exporting agricultural products and on the other hand, importing everything else it needed such as manufactured goods and foreign films. Not only was it importing manufactured goods it was also importing the cultures and the way of life of others mainly from Europe and North America (Duran 1). As Rio de Janeiro being the capital in the 1880s today it is Brasilia, the government through many policies targeted the area for modernization and urbanization. According to Rebeca Duran because Rio de Janeiro was the primed location for modernization and introduction of unfamiliar cultures, it was the right location for setting up the first cinema in the country in 1896 (1).

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