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João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa
Brazil 2017 / 96’
subtitles: Polish and English
A Brief Excursion Barrage

A teenager named Andre lives with his younger brother in the outskirts of the Brazilian city of Ouro Preto. After an accident involving a local factory worker, Andre is sent to his house to collect some documents. Among the papers, he finds a notebook with Cristiano's personal writings, which he starts reading. From that moment on, the film begins telling the story detailed in the journal: prison, searching for work, friends along the way, a love of life, and above all work-physical, difficult, and sometimes pointless. Arabia is, on the one hand, an unvarnished look at the life of ordinary Brazilian workers who wander from town to town, and, on the other, a philosophical-political ballad about work and its ethos, as well as respect for the people who perform it. By giving free rein to his protagonist (played by an amateur actor from a working-class background similar to that of Cristiano) and lending his words an almost poetic quality, the directors defend the sensitivity and dignity of their country's working class.

Karolina Kosińska


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João Dumans

João Dumans is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, and producer. He wrote the screenplay for Marília Rocha's film Where I Grow Old (2016), shown in Rotterdam, and for the acclaimed The Hidden Tiger (A Vizinhança de Tigre, 2014) directed by Affonso Uchoa. In 2017, Dumans and Uchoa co-directed Arabia. Dumans also directed the documentary Everybody Has Its Own Way (2014).


2014 Everybody Has its Own Way (doc.)

2017 Arábia

Affonso Uchoa

Affonso Uchoa is a Brazilian film director. He directed the critically acclaimed The Hidden Tiger (A Vizinhança de Tigre, 2014), one of the most important contemporary Brazilian films. Co-directed in collaboration with João Dumans, Arabia develops, to a great degree, the themes present in The Hidden Tiger.


2014 A Vizinhança de Tigre

2017 Arábia

Cast & Crew

director João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa
screenplay João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa
cinematography Leonardo Feliciano
editing Luiz Pretti, Rodrigo Lima
cast Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Renata Cabral, Glaucia Vandeveld
producer Vitor Graize, Thiago Macedo Correia
production Katásia, Vasto Mundo
sales Vitor
language Portuguese
colouration colour