Documentary / Biography
95 min / Portugese / NR
Tattooed onto the skin of Salvador, Brazil, are ubiquitous public artworks created by the artist Bel. Salvador is a 500 year old city with a rich cultural heritage. The documentary film reflects the intimate relationship between this historically unique city and her beloved native son. This lyrical journey shares his joy and madness: creating large-scale outdoor art at lightning speed and then working alone in deep introspection. His exuberant personality shines as he draws inspiration from his surroundings, especially in impoverished neighborhoods. Working as a voice of the people, Bel breathes new life into the city he loves through his art. See his renaissance through constant acts of creation.
"Practically a montage of color, music, and Borba's constant laughter." - Chris Packham Village Voice
"Endearing doc focuses on the pleasure of creating over the rigors of artistry." - John DeFore Hollywood Reporter