The final assignment for one of the upper level courses I took at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2010 (CMNS 363 - "Approaches to Media and Audience Research") was a pilot research project about fan cultures. As a result, this short film is a case study of Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Art) and its fans, project that was highly facilitated by the occurrence of an international event organized by Capoeira Males Vancouver during that time which gave us access to a wide variety of fans (practitioners, participants, observers etc.). Centered around 2 research questions - "Did media (more exactly new media, movies, video games, commercials and online videos) play a positive role in creating awareness of Capoeira?" and "What sets Capoeira apart from other martial art forms?", our pilot project used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to answer those. This selection contains the beginning of the video, as well as a few answers to the main questions by passers-by and masters of Capoeira.
Music by Capoeira Males, Mestre Acordeon, Axe Capoeira and Capoeira Brasil.
Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Kline, Chris Jeschelnik & Joel Blok (Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology), Mestre Curiso, Mestre Lua Branca, Mestre Fran and all the participants to Capoeira Males Vancouver's 5th Capoeira Festival.
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