by Tambay A. Obenson
April 15, 2013 2:05 PM 2 Comments
Made in 1963, Ganga Zumba wasn't released until 1972 because there was a military coup in Brazil in 1963, and films about revolutions, even those taking place in the 17th century, were considered politically dangerous.
From the beginning of European involvement until today, there have been innumerable slave and peasant revolts. Usually they were short-lived, brutally suppressed affairs.
This film recounts the story of one revolt, in 1641, in which the slaves formed their own nation or "quilombo" and ran it for over 50 years.
The film was directed by Brazilian Carlos Diegues, who, by the way, also directed the more well-known Quilombo, 20 years after he made Ganga Zumba - which is essentially an updated rendition of Ganga. And some of the starring actors from Ganga, also starred in Quilombo.
I've never seen this film, and it doesn't seem to exist on DVD or VHS format; It's also not streaming on Netflix. Although I found the entire thing on YouTube, however, none of is subtitled, so unless you understand Portuguese (which I don't), you out of luck!
Hopefully, whoever owns the rights to it will decide to reintroduce it to the world. I'd like to see this. If you've laid eyes on it, do tell...
In the meantime, here's the full non-subtitled film from YouTube- at least, you can look to the images to help tell the story: