Just finished watching the movie “The Assailant”. It was an amazing revolutionary Afro-Brazilian film about life 40 years after slavery was abolished. Even tho Africans weren’t slaves, they were still treated as such. Their religions were outlawed and they were forced by spanish and english colonist to work hard, and long at sugar cane plantations while still being beaten, whipped and killed without regard.
The black people that lived in brazil came up with a fighting style, mixed with martial arts and fluid dance movements called Capoeira. It’s believed to be stemmed from a fighting style started in Angola, Africa called Engolo. The movie also represented the spirituality of the African people by showing the power of Orishas.
I am always saying that there isn’t enough history of Africans portrayed in film. And in a way I fill the void with movies of other cultures, like chinese Kung fu movies. The reason I love watching them is because it shows the strength, culture, spirituality and at times, the revolution of Asian people; which is something American born black people are lacking. The best thing about this movie is that it makes me proud to be african because I am finally able to see more than just the enslavement of my people, I see their courage and strength. Nothing about african culture is easy to come by even with the help of the World Wide Web. It’s so bad that you almost forget that we have any culture of our own. So, like me, we end up idolizing other cultures and religions because we don’t know any better. I definitely recommend this movie to all. The only thing I wish for this movie, is that it wasn’t dubbed in English. I would rather it been in the original language and just subtitled.
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