Tropicália tells the story of one of Brazil’s most significant cultural and rich artistic movements born in the late 1960s. From a collective of like-minded souls, ‘tropicália’ used music, poetry, theatre, and avant-garde visual art as a voice to confront the cultural and political establishment. The film highlights the struggle ‘tropicália’ artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought at a time of political turbulence through the fertile, controversial and violent years of 1967, 1968, and 1969.
These artists took sonic cues from traditional Brazilian music, psychedelic rock, and Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and created a sound never heard before and has since inspired and influenced many high profile musicians, including David Byrne, Damon Albarn and Beck. The tropicalist movement had a huge impact on the popular music scene, and was an intense presence in Brazilian television, press and radio.
This vibrant feature documentary explores this iconic and era-changing time in Brazil’s history with material lovingly gleaned from the archives, stunning images, and the testimony of the group’s protagonists including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Arnaldo and Sérgio Dias, from the band Os Mutantes, whose controversial thoughts, music and behavior resulted in prison and exile for its leaders.