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Heaven's Mirror: A Portuguese Voyage
Running Time: 70 minutes
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Venue: Bay Model, Sausalito
Cast: Ana Moura, Camané, Mafalda Arnauth, Carlos do Carmo, Helder Moutinho, Joana Amendoeira, Katia Guerreiro, Carlos Gonçalves, Celeste Rodrigues, Jorge Fernando and Tereza Tarouca
Director: Joshua Dylan Mellars
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
This documentary is director Joshua Dylan Mellars’ love song to Fado music. It goes deep into the spell of this hauntingly beautiful Portuguese folk music and its salient emotion–longing or “saudade.” Fado, Portuguese for fate, is a two centuries old music whose influences were carried by sailors to Lisbon from Africa, Brazil and the Arab world.
Heaven’s Mirror travels from the Portuguese immigrant enclaves of California to New England’s former whaling ports, then to Lisbon’s candlelit fado houses and Indian Goa’s steamy, pastel bungalows.
Fadista Ana Moura [photo] was born in 1979 in Santarem, Portugal which is located on the Tagus River just north of Lisbon in the center of Portugal’sheartland. Ana explains, “I’ve been singing fado since I was little…my parents sang well…we all could sing.” The youngest fadista to be nominated for the Dutch Edison Award, the fadista received the prize for Best Performer by the Foundation Amália Rodrigues. Her album, Leva-me aos Fados, has gone platinum in the top ten of best selling albums in Portugal.
Brief Fado History:
Born in the old Moorish district of the Alfama 150 years ago, Lisbon fados are Portuguese songs filled with saudade, lamenting unrequited love, danger at sea, and the beauty and poetry of the bullfight. Fadista Amália Rodrigues’ popularity beginning in the 1940ʹ′s spread interest in fado music throughout the world. Singer Carlos do Carmo now serves as a bridge between the older generation of fado singers and a New Wave of fado singers lead by fadistas Camané, Mafalda Arnauth, Katia Guerreiro, Mariza and Ana Moura.
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