Chico Rei Among Us (Completed)

Synopsis: Chico Rei was an enslaved Congolese king who freed himself and his subjects during the Gold Cycle in Minas Gerais. His story is the starting point to explore the various echoes of Brazilian slavery in the lives of black people today, understanding their movement of self-affirmation and freedom from a collective perspective.


  • 44ª Mostra Internacional de São Paulo – Best Brazilian Documentary by the Public and Honorable Mention by the Jury (2020);
  • 13º Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul – Closing Film (2020);
  • Showcase at Mostra DOCSP (2020);
  • 27º Festival de Cinema de Vitória – Brazilian Features Competition (2020).
  • 15º Fest Aruanda – Best Female Character for Kátia Silvério and Best Soundtrack for Sérgio Pererê (2020);
  • Griot – III Festival de Cinema Negro Contemporâneo – Closing Film (2020);
  • 9ª Mostra Audiovisual Wallace – Official Selection (2021);
  • Brown University Spring Film Series 2021 (2021);
  • Mostra Afrocine Cinema Afro-Atlântico Diáspora Negra 2021 (Brazil, 2021);
  • 3rd Negritude Infinita Film Festival (Brazil, 2021);
  • 2nd Festival Mulheres+ do Audiovisual (Brazil, 2021);
  • 1st Mostra de Cinema Negro Pilão (Brazil, 2021);
  • I Feminacine – Mostra of Female Cinema from the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Brazil, 2021);
  • “Urbanicities” Film Cycle – Cultural and Environmental Heritage in Minas Gerais at São Carlos’ São Paulo’s University (Brazil, 2021);
  • ODU – Black Arts Festival 2nd Edition (Brazil, 2021);
  • NOMA_Azores – International Human Rights Film Festival – International Feature Film Competition (Portugal, 2021);
  • Rio Film Festival – Premiére Brazil (Brazil, 2021);
  • 10th Mostra Ecofalante de Cinema – Latin-American Competition (Brazil, 2021);
  • 3rd International Environmental Film Festival of Serra Catarinense (Brazil, 2021);
  • Taturana Film Festival – Democracy and anti-racism (Brazil, 2021);
  • Citronela Doc Film Festival (Brazil, 2021);
  • 26th Afrika Filmfestival (Belgium, 2021).
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    Genre: Documentary
    Format: Feature film
    Duration: 94 minutos
    Status: Completed

    Director: Joyce Prado
    Screenwriter: Natália Vestri and Joyce Prado
    Cinematographer: Nuna Nunes
    Sound technician: Evelyn Santos
    Editing: Tatiana Toffoli
    Producer: André Sobral
    Executive Producer: Juliana Vedovato and Laura Barzotto
    Original Sountrack: Sérgio Perere with a track by Emicida
    Production Company: Abrolhos Filmes
    Associate Producer: Chico

    Category: Entertainment, documentary, completed