Manuel dos Reis Machado, commonly called Mestre Bimba (born November 23, 1899, Salvador, Brazil - February 5, 1974) was a mestre (a master practitioner) of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira.
The captivating and inspiring biographical documentary of Mestre Bimba, one of the founding fathers of contemporary capoeira. In 1899, in deepest Bahia, Manuel dos Reis Machado, the Master Bimba, was born. He would become the most important name in Capoeira in Brazil and over 150 other countries where this Brazilian fight/game/sport is practiced. Determined to change its criminal status to which it was condemned by the 1890 Penal Code, Bimba modernised capoeira, founded the first academy and became one of the most important popular educators of the Americas. Through accounts given by some of his old students and never seen before images, the documentary tells the story of this humble, illiterate Brazilian, who is today known, sung about and respected in all capoeira rings. Inspired by the book Mestre Bimba: Corpo de mandinga, by Muniz Sodré.
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