Australian Premiere | Dir Pedro Asbeg, 2014, Brazil, 91min, , U15+, Portuguese w/English Subtitles | Cast Socrates | Keywords Documentary, Football Politics, Culture, Revolution | Courtesy of TV Zero

SYDNEY | Friday 23 October | 9pm | Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt | Session finished

Follows the rise of the Corinthian Democracy movement led by Socrates during the 1980’s re-democratization of Brazil.

In the mid-1980s, the struggle for the end of the dictatorship and the re-democratization of Brazil rocked the country. The movement for amnesty, workers’ strikes, student militancy and also music and football entered the dance. Seen as the “people’s opium,” football at that moment was, on the contrary, an active instrument for mobilization through the call of Corinthian Democracy. Led by Sócrates, Vladimir, Casagrande and Zenon, this libertarian movement promoted the principals of self-management in the club. In the stadiums, through banners and t-shirts, they urged fans to vote in the first direct elections for governor in 20 years in 1982.

The film investigates a fascinating period of the recent Brazilian history, the redemocratization of the 1980’s, through three narratives, the popular demands for free elections, the growth of Brazilian rock groups and the revolutionary movement on Cortinthians Football Club known as Corinthian Democracy. It’s the singular moment when mainstream football and rock n’roll artists echoed the people’s chant for democracy.

Winner of Best Documentary at football film festivals Cinefoot (Brazil) and 11mm (Germany), Black and White Democracy is a new breed of football documentary. 

Join us for a pre-film Artist Talk and demonstration with Ahilan Ratnamohan of DRILL!