Rhythmic Uprising is a documentary that shows how vibrant Afro-Brazilian performing arts are used to fight racism, social exclusion, and poverty in Bahia, Brazil. The film outlines the transformative powers of a large movement of community cultural projects that make up the latest chapter in a creative struggle for racial equality that began four centuries ago.
In this fourth chapter, we take a look at the now-legendary Circo Picolino. Counting several decades of struggle since inception, they are one of the oldest cultural arts projects in Brazil and count many former youth participants among current staff. While circus arts are found all over Brazil, Circo Picolino boasts a distinctly Afro-Brazilian style. Founder Anselmo Serrat and mentor Antonio Marcos speak.