Official Selection: Documentary at ASFF

Meditating on the world around us, these wide-ranging films take viewers behind closed doors, archiving identities and sharing captivating glimpses of humanity beyond appearances, casting new light on life as we know it.

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.

A love letter to Brazil, in all of its beauty and all of its pain, this film is a joyous celebration and battle cry from the heart of Rio’s forgotten neighbourhoods. This is the Rio Carnival that you have never seen before. This is Bate Bola.

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Credits:
1. A FILM by BEN HOLMAN & NEIRIN JONES with ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK by BEN LAMAR GAY. A courtesy of Vimeo.