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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Brazil by tone_loc on 2 October 2005 7:28am
Hello to all fellow travellers and Palin fans. I live in Rio de Janeiro and would love to see Michael do maybe a short 2 or 3 episode series of Brazil. It's so packed with culture, music, religion, racial diversity. It would be an awesome series.
Any thoughts??.
Re: Brazil by intrepid on 2 October 2005 3:50pm
Which locations in Brazil do you think should be highlighted to get at least part of the flavor of the country?
Re: Brazil by tone_loc on 2 October 2005 9:12pm
Obviously Rio de Janeiro is a cultural hot pot and a stunning setting so this would be the obvious start.
The list of possible locations could be immense but if I had choice these would be my locations......
1. Rio de Janeiro during New Year celebrations. Incredible.
2. Ouro Preto. Old colonial gold mining town with a wealth of history a gorgeous colonial buildings.
3. Foz de Iguaçu, the worlds most spectacular waterfall setting.
4. Salvador da Bahia during Carnaval. Brazil's primary African city has an amazing Carnaval, very different from the Samba of Rio which features the phenomenon of 'The Bloco'. Again, like Rio, Salvador is all culture, history, music.
5. Chapada Diamentina region in Bahia and a stay in 'Estalagem de Alcino' in the town of Lençois, a most remarkable guest house with the world's most lovingly prepared breakfast.
6.Manaus in Central Amazonas, again, history, tradition, cultural mix, food etc.
7. Olinda in the state of Pernambuco. Olinda is a stunning Colonial town.

There are so many hidden gems in Brazil that show the country as such a diversity of cultures. For example, Penedo in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Was settled by Finnish people in the late 19th century and still looks like a Finnish town now.
Then you have Blumenau, in the south... Bavaria in Brazil, the Favelas in Rio, the industrial might of Sao Paulo....... and of course.... the quintessential Brazilian themes... Football, beach, and the huge range of music types that nobody outside of Brazil seems to be aware of.
Most people just think Samba of course.

There are a wealth of topics and sub-topics in Brazil for Michael to tackle in his own unique style. Brazil is a tragic country that for all it's beauty and majesty has massive internal problems like the corruption at the top which breeds the poverty which then breeds the violence and drugs.
Religion in Brazil is a fascinating topic. I found in my time there that many families, for want of a better word... 'use' religion almost as a defence mechanism for their children. Christian and other religious values are used to almost frighten the kids away from many of the dangerous temptations that are abundant amongst the poor in Brazil like petty crime, drugs, prostitution.
But the overriding them that makes it so special, is, despite all these problems, the people have this amazing zest for life that would look so good on screen.
Imagine Michael at a Samba school, or trying his hand at Capoeira (Bahian fusion of dance & martial art) in Salvador or dancing along with 3 million New Year's revellers all wearing white on Copacabana beach.
Would make one hell of a series. Maybe Michael will read the post and take it forward.
One can only hope!!.
Re: Brazil by tucsonmike on 3 October 2005 4:58am
It would be interesting. I know nothing about Brazil...
Re: Brazil by Ellerd on 3 October 2005 10:18am
I've always wanted to go to Manaus, then travel down the Amazon River to Belem by ferry. Then explore that gigantic island at the mouth of the Amazon whose name eludes me at the moment.

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