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Free Brazilian Film - O Ano Em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias (2006)

This event is part of the Democracy and Memory in Latin America fall 2013 collaborative at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)


Light food and refreshments will be served at 5:30.

The screening begins at 6pm, followed by a discussion with invited speaker.

O Ano Em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias / The Year my Parents Went on Vacation

Director: Cao Hamburger (Brazil, 2006, 110 min.) 

Film in Portuguese, with English subtitles

A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district. Though his country is being held in the grip of a military dictatorship and the war in Vietnam is raging abroad, young Mauro can't seem to think about anything else but the upcoming World Cup match between Brazil and Italy. If   Jairzinho, Pelé, and company can just win their third World Cup title, team Brazil will earn their third star on the strip -- a feat that no other team in the history of the sport has ever managed to accomplish. When his Catholic mother and Jewish father are suddenly forced to go "on holiday," young Mauro is swept out of his middle-class existence in Minas Gerais and taken to stay with his paternal grandfather in bustling Bom Retiro. A multi-ethnic district in which Jews, Arabs, and Greeks all live side by side, Bom Retiro begins to heat up with World Cup fever as things both at home and abroad all seem to be spiraling toward disaster. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi




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  • Joana

    I really enjoyed the film. It was a creative in depicting the best and worst of time through the eyes of young innocent boy, a slice of life of Brazil in 1970. I thought it was was sweet in how the little boy developed relationships with the neighborhood children and his unexpected caretaker during his most loneliest and uncertain period of his life. I gave it 5 stars.

    October 23, 2013

  • Joel S.

    I enjoyed the movie and (occasionally longwinded) presentation afterwards by someone who lived through that period in Brazil. Sorry I missed the group but I arrived in the dark a few minutes after the film started. What ever happened to "Manana" time?

    October 22, 2013

  • Vira

    I gave it 4 stars just because I would have wanted more character development , but so glad to see it.

    October 22, 2013

  • Rachel

    Joana, I apologize for cancelling last minute. I'm dealing with water heater problems; I won't be able to arrive on time.

    October 22, 2013

  • Lu

    I'm disappointed I will not be able to make it this evening. I will be delayed with a work related issue.

    October 22, 2013

  • Jodie C.

    Thanks for the reminder. I will not be able to attend tomorrow. I look forward to the next event.

    October 21, 2013

  • Joana

    The day before the event, I typically ask people to double check their schedules. Please look over your calendars, if you are no longer able to attend this event, please change your reservation to not attending. t is really helpful for me to know who and how many people to expect. Obrigada.

    October 21, 2013

  • Heather

    I may be out of town that day, but I will go if I'm here.

    September 9, 2013

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