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 an explosive 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.
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.[…]
Source: THIS IS BATE BOLA — BEIJA FILMS