Bebo Valdes, the accomplished 85-year-old Cuban pianist, who's been living in exile in Stockholm for the last 40 years, travels to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) where African music and religion have been preserved in their purest form. There he meets Mateus, a Bahian musician who introduces him to the African-Bahian community and later takes him to Candeal, a "favela" which thanks to Carlinhos Brown and the efforts of its inhabitants has become a model community.
In Candeal, weapons and drugs do not exist. There is, however, a musical conservatory, a health center, a recording studio where world-renowned artists come to lay down tapes, drawn each in their own way by the drums of Candeal. With music as the catalyst for all types of social initiatives, the people from Candeal have recovered their self-esteem and the belief that reality can be altered, that a better world is possible.
Mestre Pintado Do Bongô
Felipe De Souza
Director: Fernando Trueba
Producción ejecutiva: Cristina Huete, Carlos López
Productor asociado: Carlos Cuadros
Directora producción: Angélica Huete
Director de fotografía: Juan Molina
Ingeniero de sonido: Pierre Gamet
Montaje: Carmen Frías
Mezclas: Jose Luis Crespo, Jose Antonio Bermúdez
Diseño gráfico: Javier Mariscal