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Waiting for the Carnival
Directed by Marcelo Gomes • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes
The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20-million pairs of jeans are produced in make-shift factories. The locals work non-stop hours, proud to be the masters of their own time. During Carnival - the only leisure moment of the year - they transgress the logic of accumulation of goods, sell their belongings without regret and flee to the beaches in search of ephemeral happiness. When Ash Wednesday arrives, a new work cycle begins.
“An admirable show of democracy and honesty.” —Variety
“The sensibility and the inventiveness of Brazilian director Marcelo Gomes are extraordinary.” —Dirty Movies