Febreros (2017), by Marcio Debellian – Criticism

A pleasure for all the senses in these moments of not touching, not approaching, not kissing and not feeling good.

"Music is the mother tongue of God. That was what neither Catholics nor Protestants understood, that in Africa the gods dance. And they all made the same mistake; they banned the drums"

Delicious documentary. Delicious even for atheists who have not seen miracles such as Caetano Veloso, brother of María Bethânia, who shares that role with Santo Amaro and his celebration of freedom after slavery of black Baianos in Brazil. Everything in him is joy and celebration, counted with a moving emotion and skill, since an atheist can fully enjoy and enjoy the expressions of a cult or religion as peculiar as those practiced in that place.

As usually happens, the simple seems easy even if it is not. Made with simplicity and exceptional finesse, it would seem that it dances and flows from start to finish, spreading the flavor and enjoyment of life lived with joy. Light years from the black and castrating Hispanic Catholicism that frightened Maria in her childhood and drove thousands, if not more, already in her adolescence.

Light, color, rhythm and flavor, believe and know, devotion and carnival madness in which it doesn't matter with whom, whatever you do, it's fine.

Made with simplicity and exceptional finesse, it would seem that it dances and flows from start to finish, spreading the flavor and enjoyment of life.

Marcio Debellian and Diana Vasconcellos provide a magnificent documentary script that directs the first one and we all dance, although the damn virus prevented me from seeing it at the Casa de América in Madrid and Carlos Pulido had to send me the viewing link. At home I danced freer from all evil and protected from all disturbances, without my fault, without my fault and without any fault, since Nª Sª is there to understand and help.

A pleasure for all the senses in these moments of not touching, not approaching, not kissing and not feeling good, because an invisible threat can devour us without pain, nor remorse, infecting us with everything bad, black and fearful of the human being, with no other option than the confinement.

As Caetano sings: "That life is not just what you see. It's a little bit more. That the eyes cannot perceive and the hands do not dare to touch and the feet refuse to tread. What do I know, I don't know. What do I know, I don't know. If all the beauty I am talking about comes only from my heart. ”


Synopsis Mangueira is the most famous samba school in Brazil. In 2016, they won the Rio Carnival with a cavalcade in tribute to the singer Maria Bethânia, the diva of Bahia and sister of Caetano Veloso. This documentary follows the creation of the entire carnival.
country Brazil
Address Marcio Debellian
Script Marcio Debellian, Diana Vasconcellos
Photography Miguel Vassy, ​​Pedro von Krüger
Gender Documentary film
Duration 75 min.
Original title Fevereiros
Premieres 03/06/2020

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