10 Must-See Films On the Afro-Brazilian Experience

August 12, 2016 at 05:00 am | Entertainment

Deidre Gantt

Deidre Gantt | Contributor

August 12, 2016 at 05:00 am | Entertainment

‘Xica da Silva’ (1976)

One of two true stories among this list, the film “Xica da Silva” dramatically retells the life of the title character, a Black and Portuguese woman, who was born in to slavery and later used her feminine charms to gain her liberty and amass a fortune from her rich and powerful Portuguese lover.

The film stars one of the great — and rare — Black actresses in Brazilian cinema Zezé Motta as “Xica.” In later years, the movie inspired a telenovela series by the same name.

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