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The Luthier and the Mortar Carver

In the city of Monte Alegre do Sul, located in the beautiful Mantiqueira Mountains, Southern Brazil, two men talk about details of their professions, and share their unique visions in relation to the future of their crafts. Mr. Marcelo Roque, a luthier, graciously shares his expertise with us while brings his social and political views in relation to his community and the continuation of his profession. Mr. Onofre Costa, a mortar carver, is 83 years old and barely can see, living with a severe muscular dystrophy. He is one of the few mortar carvers still alive in Brazil. Kind and generous, Mr. Onofre shares details of his trade, as well as his deep faith in humanity.

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The documentary project “Labor, Time and Space” portrays professions under the risk of extinction in modern times. The intention of the project is to produce separate films motivated by the same theme.

The stream on narrative sustains two constant elements: the intention of filming the techniques inherent to each profession, in a way of registering these techniques to future generations, as well as the subtle critique on the acceleration of modern life, a feature that contrasts the natural slow pace of the portrayed professions.




Copyright © 2013 Julio Munhoz

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