A Brazilian Historical Film By Carlos Diegues

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Quilombo is a Brazilian historical film by Carlos Diegues. Diegues generates a notion of what the Palmares people have experienced as runaway slaves during the 17th-century in Brazil and settling down with others that have gone through the same complications. Thereafter, the audience is introduced to the optimistic and promising character, Ganga Zumba, as an influential leader of the Palmares. Zumba, who tried to guide his people to freedom, was granted the leadership role by the previous ruler, Acotirene. While leaders like Ganga Zumba have extraordinary ambitions to guide the Palmares, those ambitions can essentially result in sacrifice that manifests into beneficial endings, allowing the people of Palmares to discover other ways out of the troubles that Zumba has constructed by the help of the next leader, Zumbi. The film depicts a time period where there was a great amount of “ [...] slave resistance in Brazil,” as stated in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography translated by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates. The film revolves around a group of runaway slaves, lead by Abiola, who have rebelled against the Portuguese and Dutch and had left the mountain in order to escape from the consequences. The first scene starts off with settled runaway slaves who have established their own community and traveled their way to into the Palmares. The director does this because he wants the viewers to understand that the slaves wanted to go to the land
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