"RIO's UNDERGROUND Carnival"
A FILM by BEN HOLMAN & NEIRIN JONES with ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK by BEN LAMAR GAY
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro during its world famous Carnival, far from the beach and the touristic clichés, there is a contest between neighbourhoods. This old form of carnival features teams of futuristic gladiators that are a surreal mixture of play and menace. A tradition that has its roots in ancient European carnival traditions and in African rituals, they look like visitors from another planet.
The associated violence over the years has earned the festivities a sinister reputation in the mainstream media. Largely feared and misunderstood, there has been very little documented over the years about this cultural gem and it remains largely unknown outside of the neglected urban peripheries and favelas of Rio de Janeiro. But this is the moment when those who feel marginalised the and ignored the rest of the year get to feel like stars. It is a chance for the invisible to become visible.
This is the Rio Carnival that you have never seen before. This is Bate Bola.
CHICAGO PREMIERE PARTY 23rd MARCH- BUY TICKETS HERE
The Global premiere party for This Is Bate Bola will take place at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago. Along with a screening of the film and an exhibition of photographs taken by director Neirin Jones (bringing further insight to Rio’s Bate Bola culture), there will be DJ sets by Africans With Mainframes through Chicago’s own legendary, gargantuan Royal Hands sound system.
There will also be a live music performance by Southside Chicago-born artist Ben LaMar Gay – who met director Ben Holman of Beija Films when living in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. For this performance Ben LaMar Gay will do interpretations of music he composed for This Is Bate Bola with singer Dill Costa.
LONDON PREMIERE PARTY APRIL 1st - TICKETS HERE
The London premiere party for 'This Is Bate Bola' will take place at TRC on April 1st. Along with a screening of the film there will again be an exhibition of photographs taken by director Neirin Jones (bringing further insight to Rio’s Bate Bola culture),
Ben LaMar Gay will do interpretations of music he composed for "This Is Bate Bola" in collaboration with Let Drum Beat.
Let Drum Beat - the all female post punk tinged Brazilian outfit is a percussion and vocal quartet who perform original compositions in Brazilian Portuguese and indigenous Tupi Guarani languages. Their compositions meld languages with Afro-Brazilian percussion grooves, melodic instruments, energetic rhythms, vocal melodies and spontaneous dance.
Right after the film, Tash LC will keep the Carnival atmosphere going up with her wicked selection of Global beats. Her selections range from highly palatable Afro-Jazz and highlife to more up-tempo meetings of Kuduro, Gqom, and esoteric club sounds.
Taking over next, D.Vyzor will bring the vibes he's rightfully known for... One of the most important and prominent Brazilian DJs in Europe, having previously warmed up for artists like Sergio Mendes, Criolo and Mulatu Astatke.
There will be delicious hot food served from the opening!
TRC's sound system is kindly provided by the amazing EPA Sound.
BEN HOLMAN & NEIRIN JONES
In awarding the prize, the Tribeca Jury said of The Good Fight: “This is an unflinching portrait of finding hope in a world of danger; a journey of perseverance in the face of tragedy; an uplifting and visually compelling story of redemption.”
Ben and Neirin have over fifteen years experience between them filming in Brazil, unearthing cultural gems and bringing their cinematic eye to subjects that challenge the preconceptions of their audience.
BEN LAMAR GAY
Ben Lamar Gay is a Southside Chicago - born composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist; an under-the-radar jazz scene staple known for his roots in the AACM, sideman steadies with Mike Reed, Theaster Gates, and Joshua Abrams.
He is also an organizer of a summer city program that teaches beat -making to kids in Chicago’s parks.
He spent many years living and composing in Brazil and also provided the soundtrack to Ben & Neirin's last award winning film.