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Capoeira in popular culture

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Dec 16, 2021

The Brazilianmartial art of capoeira, noted for its acrobatic movements and kicks, has often been featured in and influenced popular culture.

Capoeirista performing an Aú Batido

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Capoeira and capoera mestres have been featured in several Brazilian films and documentaries including:

  • Cordão de Ouro (1977), a futuristic Brazilian movie, stars several well-known Mestres, such as Nestor Capoeira and Mestre Camisa.[1]
  • Capoeira of Brazil (1980) is a documentary short by Warrington Hudlin, featuring Mestres Jelon Vieira, Loremil Machado and Eusebio da Silva.[2]
  • Mestre Bimba: A Capoeira Illuminada (2006) is a documentary about Mestre Bimba and capoeira.[3]
  • BESOURO (2009) is based on the story of a legendary fighter and practitioner in Capoeira history who goes by the same name as the title starring Aílton Carmo as Besouro. It includes extensive capoeira fighting scenes.[4][5][6]

Capoeira has been a focus of several martial arts films, including:

  • Rooftops (1989), a film featuring two homeless teenagers who use dance fights inspired by capoeira to settle arguments and as a form of entertainment.[7]
  • Only the Strong (1993), a film following a former Green Beret turned teacher in Miami who uses capoeira to teach his students discipline and ultimately faces off with the local gang.[8] It is considered the only Hollywood film to focus entirely on capoeira. Much of the film’s fight choreography was created by Mestre Amen Santo.[9]
  • Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994) which featured a tournament with fighters of many styles, including a capoerista played by Mestre Amen Santo.[10]
  • The Quest (1996), a martial arts tournament film featured a capoerista played by Mestre Cesar Carneiro.[11]

Other films featuring capoeira include:

  • Many of Wesley Snipes‘ action films include scenes involving capoeira, as it is one of several martial arts he practices.[12]
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, capoeira is one of several African martial arts that T’Challa utilizes in combat.[13]

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