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Voices of the Semi-Arid

"Voices of the Semi-Arid" is a 52-minute documentary showing the transformation of a Jewish farming community in the cities of Grossos and Tibau (also known as Tibau do Norte) in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. It addresses issues of identity, memory, culture and syncretic Hebrew customs with Northeastern ones, mixed with environmental awareness through advanced agricultural techniques in desert regions.
Grossos is a municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, located in the micro-region of Mossoró, with a territorial area of 126.5 km² and is estimated to have 10,386 inhabitants (IBGE / 2017). Near this city is the municipality of Tibau, with territorial dimensions of 169,237 km² and an estimated population of more than 4,019 inhabitants (IBGE / 2015).
Within these two regions there are 15 members, most of them farmers, who consider themselves descendants of "Marranos" or "Anusim" Jews, coming from the Dutch expeditions during the colonization in Brazilian territory occupied by Portuguese and Dutch sailors. According to the professor of anthropology at the Universidade Rural de Pernambuco (Rural University of Pernambuco), Caesar Sobreira, "the Sanskrit religion is a kind of syncretism between Judaism and Christianity, with some Islamic influence, if not in the code of faith, at least in certain external habits" (2010, p 110) [1]
In this panorama presented above, the presence of a third personage that enters this region, the carioca biologist Isabel Portugal, 36 years, researcher of an Israeli university (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and that develops studies and agricultural techniques for desert areas and semi-arid region, has brought to the “Marrano” community a chance to assimilate the knowledge of modern Jews about this economic activity.
The documentary proposes itself as a space for listening to these characters, interested in understanding their worldview, their customs, and traditions. And reflect how new technological possibilities, aligned with sustainability, can transform the community's experience and generate new dynamics.


[1] Fonte: SOBREIRA, Caesar. "Nordeste semita: ensaio sobre um certo Nordeste que em Gilberto Freyre também é semita". São Paulo: Ed. Global, 2010.

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Production

Trapézio Cultural Productions
Trapézio was created in late 2008 from the association of three friends and trained filmmakers, aiming the audiovisual creation, research and education.
In 2017, Trapézio produced three short films: "Gaiola" by Victor Fisch, "Menina-Seta" by Camila Tarifa and "Azul Vazante" by Julia Alquéres. It has also produced a feature documentary: "Tsé", by Fábio Kow still in finalization.
And in 2018 it will produce the first edition of the art festival "Soy Loco por Ti Juquery". In 2019 it is already programmed the "Ubatuba International Surf Film Festival".
In ten years Trapézio has consolidated a diversified portfolio. Since 2015, it produces Cinefest Gato Preto, besides producing fiction short films that have been shown at national and international festivals, short documentaries, a web series, several video-arts, institutional videos and teaching courses and audiovisual workshops in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo and Vale do Paraíba, in partnership with POIESIS and the Cultural Workshops of the State Secretariat of São Paulo. Also, it develops its first projects of a feature film.

Director

Victor Fisch
 
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Victor Fisch has a master in scriptwriting in EICTV (Cuba) and a degree in Cinema. He works with scripts, editing, direction and is also a film festival programmer.
In 2011 Victor Fisch made the short film "Onde Você Vai?", and won a prize for best film for starting directors in the International Short Film Festival of São Paulo. In 2017 was the editor of the feature film "Para'I", by the director Vinicius Toro. He has also written his first script for a feature film, called "Formigas que Voam", with a group of scriptwriters, including Luiz Bolognesi, Laís Bodanzky e Alê Abreu. He is now working in a feature film with the director Toni Venturi.
Since 2015 he is the programmer of the short film festival "Cinefest Gato Preto", in Lorena, a small city in Brazil. In 2018, Fisch is directing an art festival in Franco da Rocha, "1º Soy Loco Por Ti Juquery" and has created another festival for 2019, "Ubatuba International Surf Film Festival".
 

Producer

Arthur “Zé” Cortês
 
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Graduated in Social Communication habilitation Journalism in 2009, with a re-entry in Radio and TV in 2017 and as a specialist in Cinema in 2015, all by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN, Arthur “Zé” Cortês served for five years as co-producer of the television program "O Canto da Lira ", broadcast on Sim TV / Rede TV RN from 2010 to 2015. He has been a scholarship holder and is currently a volunteer collaborator in the audiovisual sector of the GeoAmbient Studies Laboratory - LEGEO / UFRN, coordinated by Professor Ricardo Farias do Amaral.
In 2016, Arthur became a founding partner of SetCenas - Jornalismo e Comércio LTDA. which acts comprehensively in the audiovisual creative economy in Rio Grande do Norte. SetCenas Filmes's activities are focused on institutional and internet videos, but it seeks to migrate to the documentary and fiction segment for film and television. This year, Arthur participated as curator of the Curta Caicó festival, held June 1 to 3, 2018.