Friday, 16 December 2011

Carnaval dos Deuses by Tata Amaral

Carnaval dos Deuses by Tata Amaral is a short movie produced by ART for The World and co-produced by SESC Sao Paulo in 2010. 
The short is a segment of the collective film project
 THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences produced by ART for The World under the auspices of the Alliance of Civilizations and the Council of Europe and inspired by article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion". 

The short movie by Tata Amaral focuses on the topic of the
 syncretism of beliefs and tolerance investigating how it is possible to represent the cultural and religious mixtures and the multiple forms of belief which come from diverse sources and which emerge from a completely different historical background.

Interviewed on
Carnaval dos Deuses
, Tata Amaral said:
I worked with children ages 6 to 8 that, gathered in a middle class or lower middle class school in São Paulo, get to know and deal with religious differences. These children have diverse cultural and religious origins, as happens a lot in Brazil: Catholics, Jews, Umbanda and Santo Daime practitioners live in harmony. But how do the children understand religion and/or religious practices of their parents?
The fuse of my movie is Leon’s narrative to his friends about the Jewish ceremony Brit Milah (circumcision) for his newborn brother. Impressed, the boys discover evenness and differences in religious practices to which they came in contact with: Christmas, Hanukkah, Twelfth Night, Umbanda rituals and Buddhism. Leon reveals, at his manner, that his father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic, and both attend Ayahuasca ritual.
In a small microcosm such as a children’s school, we find the presence of different religions and rituals, narrated and meaning through the eyes and comprehension of such children. To them, differences are curiosity and not a reason for disagreements.
Children’s narrative is punctuated with images of the rites described. Such images, half-fantasy half-reality, end up in a big pantheism party, almost like a Carnival”.

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