"South American Cholo" is a short documentary that examines São Paulo's fascinating cultura chicana, the Portuguese name given to the scene inspired by North American gang culture. The film features interviews with major personalities and icons from the movement such as Estevan Oriol, Duel, Luiz Gordo and Alemão, who take viewers through the world of lowriders, tattoos, religion and fashion as they recount why they're so passionate about culture chicana and why they relate so much to those living the life in East Los Angeles. "South American Cholo" shows that despite the violence associated with gang culture, the Brazilian interpretation provokes the deeper question of what it means to truly be a cholo and still maintain a Brazilian identity. Release date: Spring 2013.
"South American Cholo" é um curto documentário que examina a cultura chicana de São Paulo inspirada na cultura das gangues norte-americanas. O filme apresenta entrevistas com personalidades importantes e ícones, como por exemplo Estevan Oriol, Duel, Luiz Gordo e Alemão, levando o espectador para o universo dos lowriders, tatuagens, da religião e da moda além de contar por que eles são tão apaixonado pela cultura chicana e como vêem semelhanças entre eles e aqueles que vivem a vida no leste de Los Angeles. Apesar das associações violentas com a cultura de gangues, South American Cholo apresenta questões mais importantes e profundas. O que significa ser verdadeiramente um cholo e ainda preservar uma identidade brasileira. Data de lançamento: Outono 2013.
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Director & Producer: Phuong-Cac Nguyen
Cinematography & Editing: Rodrigo Fonseca
Photography: Adalberto Rossette & Rodrigo Fonseca
Consultant: William Baglione / Society Under Construction
Trailer/teaser soundtrack by Alvos da Lei, used with kind permission from the band.
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