Emicida: AmarElo – It’s All For Yesterday Review- Is it worth watching?
During unprecedented times of the Pandemic, as the world struggles and strives for, with movements like the Black Lives Matters, as we aspire to make a strong foothold to say that All Lives, even the Black ones, do matter, Emicida in his documentary AmarElo- It’s All For Yesterday, takes and keeps his stand, proudly speaking about his color, and using his platform to stand for his brothers and sisters.
It gives insight to his concert at the Sao Paulo Theatro Municipal, one of the landmarks of Brazil notable for its architectural and historical importance, something that Emicida talks about frequently as to why this concert, which had so many things attached to it, should’ve been hosted at Sao Paulo Theatro Municipal itself.
For those who are not familiar with the works of Emicida, he is a Brazilian songwriter, rapper, and activist. He strongly believes that the stands he needs to take can be achieved through his music. One of the major qualities of Emicida that you too are likely to come across through his music is that he was genuine in his cause.
He did not speak about a certain issue, or bring something to light just for sake of publicity or fame. He genuinely cares about his people and his country and is firm on his stand. Being Brazilian, his music is in his own native tongue Portuguese, but they are a peppy hear to the foreign ears. With the subtitles kept on for his lyrics, you’ll realize how meaningful and in-depth his lyrics are. He racks up millions of views for his music videos on Youtube and has a massive fan following in Brazil.
The documentary follows the Black Brazilian culture way into the past years. How slavery was imbibed into the minds of the country and for centuries they remained chained under their masters. Emicida through his songs conveys and talks about his people and their struggles, bringing into account a lot of Black celebrities and activists who suffered and stood for their Black Culture.
He takes us back into the origins of the well-known Brazilian Samba, talks about the rap culture, and gives an insight on how music can be a medium to change people’s perceptions. Throughout the documentary, we meet various figures of importance to the country, with who Emicida interacted and took opinions to help him with his music.
As clippings from the concert run side by side, we understand and perceive how each figure or an incident inspires him and showcases it in front of the world, with his words and in his voice.
Emicida: AmarElo- Story
Emicida: AmarElo- It’s All For Yesterday will not be a typical informative based documentary but will be a joyride along with a touch of the history and culture of Black Brazilian Music. Fred Ouro Preto directed Amarlo, though he has directed a couple of short videos and music videos in the native language, this could be said to be a big directorial leap for Fred.
The whole documentary runs alongside the concert which was held at Sao Paulo Theatro Municipal, flashing in and out into various behind the scenes and different clippings from Emicida and his team’s journey. Being an hour and a half long, though it keeps shifting back and forth to the concert and then the historical and significant acts of the story, at points the narrative parts of the antiquity might be a bit too much for the viewers.
But it soon gets balanced out with another one of Emicida’s peppy numbers. As Emicida refers to different personalities associated with the Black Brazilian Culture, we see never before seen videos and snippets from the lives of these personalities. Eminent figures like Wilson Das Neves (Brazilian percussionist and singer), Ruth De Souza (Brazilian actress, first black actress to perform in theatre), and many more appear in the film.
Emicida seems to form a strong bond with Wilson De Neves whom he had watched while growing up and now had a chance to finally work with. He does something really special when working on a song with him. He uses phrases from Wilson’s original songs to create a new song as a tribute to him.
Emicida in the opening scenes talks about how having a garden helped him in his album. This might sound absurd but he keeps mentioning different references and learnings he has gained from it. Those dialogues or learnings that he states is bound to keep the viewer fascinated.
In one context he mentions how Wilson Des Neves tells him that “You can snap a cigarette in half, but not a whole pack”, and that was his way of telling stick together and you’ll stay strong. With everything that is going in the world right now, Emicida also touches on how the pandemic affected his work but more importantly how it also affected his people and his country.
Emicida: AmarElo- Conclusion
The documentary might not stand up and directly call out and speak about the different atrocities that have been going around the world for quite some time now, but it will leave you capable enough of understanding and realizing how it has been for so many years and how it is now. Emicida: AmarElo – It’s All For Yesterday, is a mellow and beautiful watch even if you are a foreigner to the language.
Enough bleeding, enough crying, last year I died, not this year though
Such intriguing verses from his lyrics are bound to catch up with you, and you might just end up following Emicida on Spotify.
Emicida: AmarElo- Ratings
Background Score: 4/5
Overall Rating: 7/10