Directed by Ben Holman and Neirin Jones, This Is Bate Bola is a portrait of the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a tradition that has its roots in ancient European carnival history and in African rituals. 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. This film is a tribute to Brazil, to its beauty and its pain through an intimate and unusual portrait.
This Is Bate Bola is part of the series of screening at Reggia di Venaria curated with 4:3 by Boiler Room.