At the dawn of civilization, when man started to think and when the spirit entered the world like the beat of a drum, chaos was transformed into the cosmos. Existence took on a meaning. With the irruption of the spirit, something new entered the world. All things changed in essence because they took on a meaning, a significance. The irruption of the spirit was the most monstrous of all natural catastrophes.
When Man began to think he split in two and lost touch with himself, feeling like only half a Man.
As the spirit invaded Man his peace was gone and violence broke into his world. That's why all Men are striving to find that peace again and to recapture that primal wholeness.
The documentary "Drums and Gods" does not aim to present music as a well-packaged product through virtuosity to be consumed effortlessly. Instead, the film attempts to present music as the means that ancient Man used to find himself again, actively living and experimenting with music. Set against the colorful, lively background of the musical life of Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, the film intends to show how today Man still tries, through music, to come to an agreement with his lost wholeness, to retake possession, re-unite himself, finding peace and harmony. Re-tie, re-link from the Latin "re-ligare", the precise original meaning. This curative function demonstrates the religious origin of music.
BRAZIL, 59', DV Cam, colour
Production: Brintrup/LICHTSPIEL/WDR/TVE Bahia
|CAST||Vinícius Nascimento, Cristóvão da Silva, Virgínia Rodrigues, Caetano Veloso, Edlo Mendes, Ipojucan Dias, Miller Fragoso, Paolo Ferreira, Fernando Lopes u.a|
|MUSIC||Aldo Brizzi, Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown|
|MUSIC GROUPS||Terra em Transe, Banda do Bairro da Paz, Kissukila, Banda Swingue do Pelô|
|DANCERS||Antônia Ribeiro da Silva, Vera Passos, Leonardo Luz|
|CAMERA||Joaquim Waldyr Dal Moro Filho, Jorge Alvis|
|AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION||Francesco Sardella||LOCATION MANAGER||Luciana Vasconcelos|
|WRITTEN BY||Georg Brintrup, Mario Di Desidero|
|DIRECTED / EDITED BY||Georg Brintrup|
|TV PRODUCER||Rudolf Heinemann|
|PRODUCTION||Brintrup-Film, Roma; TV BAHIA, Salvador; Lichtspiel Entertainment GmbH, Munich; WDR, Cologne|
|WORLD PREMIÈRE||Goethe Institut, Salvador Bahia, am 25.9.2001|
|FIRST BROADCAST||WDR 13.01.2002|
|REPLAY||WDR 3.10.02 / 24.5.06 / HR 4.8.02 / SWR 18.8.02 / 3sat 13.2.05 / TVE Bahia 29.9.2001|