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Published on Mar 31, 2014
Directed by Vladimir Cunha and Gustavo Godinho Greenvision 2008 (English subtitles added by Darien Lamen 2014)
Brega S/A is a documentary about a contemporary musical scene in Belém do Pará, a city of 1.5 million people in the eastern Brazilian Amazon. The film shows how people from the city's urban periphery create and distribute a style of frenetic electronic dance music known as tecnobrega outside the traditional channels of the formal recording industry. Produced in home studios with pirated computer software and mass-produced by networks of informal street vendors, tecnobrega has come to dominate Belém's massive, rave-style sound system parties. The documentary contrasts the playful, entrepreneurial, and survivalist perspectives of tecnobrega icons such as Beto Metralha, DJ Dinho, Marcos Maderito, and others; against the grim and dystopian projections of journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto and architect Paulo Cal. One of the core questions the film raises is about the relationship between popular music, digital technology, and brutal urban inequality.