Discovery Atlas: Brazil Revealed

2006, Society  -   32 Comments
Ratings: 6.75/10from 8 users.

Atlas: Brazil RevealedThe best documentary about modern Brazil available. As you can expect, it covers the most common clichés about Brazil (Amazon, carnival, soccer, beaches and shanti towns), but does that in an almost unbiased way.

The documentary focuses on what is probably most appealing for foreigners and unfortunately leaves out the common people in Brazilian large cities where most of the population lives, the beautiful northeastern coast and the rich European heritage of southern Brazil, but gives a good general idea of how some average Joe lives, which is great.

Just be warned that if you plan to visit Brazil anytime soon, you'll probably be a little disappointed by not seeing most of the stuff shown here unless you really look for them.

Mostly because Brazil is huge and very different from place to place and secondly because the documentary is more concerned about what is picturesque than with what is common.

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32 Comments / User Reviews

  1. explorerguy

    carnaval? the ultimate expression of what it is to be brazilian? That is ridiculous and laughable! I won't be offended as a native because I am naturally shielded from this kind of media ignorance. MOre over, keep in mind carnaval last 10 days front to back..but life is not lived in canival mood..the mood is anything but festive! Rather it is tense..and now more than ever spectacle of strikes and denunciation by the general population that reclaims just a bit of the human dignity we all have been stripped of by the justices of the country but one we all deserve.

  2. Imightberiding

    I honestly can't think of another country as diverse as Brazil. Wonderful film. Thank you Vlatko for sharing this with us. Time well spent. I will have no problem recommending this doc to anyone interested in this amazing country that is Brazil.


    Excellent documentary with a nice ending. I enjoyed every moment of it. For me it was a story of aspiration and dreams

  4. John Gresham

    Loved It!

  5. simonbaush

    Nice documentary in general. I'm glad the focus is on the lower class Brazilians, which represents 90% of the people here, when most TV soap operas here show the wealthy European immigrants as the real face of Brazil. I've been living in the north-east for six years now and I really enjoy this country, even though income disparity is soaring, especially here.

    I was quite disappointed that a production company like Discovery couldn't find a narrator who speaks, or at least pronounce Portuguese correctly. The musical soundtrack is WAY off on many occasions, they couldn't even differentiate Mexican, Indian from Brazilian music. Doh!

  6. Guest

    Finally took the time to sit and watch a doc. OF all the ones on today's page this seemed to be the most interesting.....i wasn't disappointed.
    NOw my wanting to go to Brazil is an even stronger wish.

    A couple times I got caught in the stories of the characters to the point where i'd forget i was watching a doc on Brazil.
    Beautiful and simple photography, very vibrant colors as expected!

    1. John Marus

      agreed "caught in the stories", and I don't know why they used some "starsky and hutch" soundtracks... budget I assume, but the video of nature and cities was beautyful for sure

  7. AtheistPunk

    Not a good doc but definetely an enjoyable one ... well worth a watch ;)

    1. Guest

      I sure thought it was a well-rounded doc in places, lol. Could've been more comprehensive, though, for sure.

  8. Guest

    I haven't watched this yet, the title reminded me of @Leornardobas who, not long ago, wrote a thousand reasons why Brazil sucks in the comment forum and to which many people agreed with.
    I was curious as to what you would add here.
    I still haven't set foot in Brazil...but it is a strong wish

    1. Guest

      Spent six days in Brazil once upon a time. No tourism but work 18 hours a day. I was in Rio and Sao Paulo and it was nothing like this doc. When they say 10 million live in so and so city what they should say is 2 million live in the city and 8 million live in the slums and those slums are hell on earth. It would really be hard to describe them. Complete anarchy reigns. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of homeless children. Sewage everywhere. Flies, rats, and cockroaches are the local fauna. These slums completely surround the cities. The country-side isn't much better. Numbing poverty.

      The beach at Rio was nice.

  9. Matt Kukowski

    OMG.. Brazil is so awesome!

  10. Cas

    We are being fair to ourselves as human beings if we build a society where the poorest kid in the country has a chance to take their talent to the top. History has shown again and again that empires run through nepotism, racism and classicism always rots under the burden of its own moral corruption. My heart goes to that young woman who is working as a maid and later seen reading to her child, it will make me feel optimistic about the future of Brazil if that child is given the same opportunity as a European kid brought inside privileged gated communities.

    1. Guest

      They've got a long way to go, but I really believe they'll be okay. They're a huge country, with immense resources, and they're already the 7th largest economy worldwide. If they are wise enough to invest in education, I don't really see anything that could stop them at this point, other than bad leadership.

    2. WiseGapist

      "If they are wise enough to invest in education, I don't really see anything that could stop them at this point, other than bad leadership."

      That is a massive over simplification, Brazil is still entrenched in debt to the World Bank and, as with the bulk of developing countries that have succumbed to huge loans, has and will continue to have a leader that will sell out their people to secure their seat. IF Rousseff proves to be a president for the people and doesn't allow US companies to f--k it however they want she will be removed one way or another and replaced, though the chances that she wasn't 'placed' are slim. The country really needs massive social restructuring, though if we want to be picky so does the majority of the world^^

    3. Guest

      @ WiseGapist

      I wasn't aware of some of those details... But I still think investing in their young people is the best way, long term, to achieve social restructuring. @lakhotason mentions all the thousands of unsupervised -or outright homeless- children running around, and that I was somewhat aware of, along with the very high crime rates in some areas. How they might deal at present with some of those other problems, I wouldn't know, but, again, good leadership will understand what is a country's most valuable natural resource, and work towards giving those young people a future they can look forward to. They're predicted to become the 5th largest economy in the years to come, and maybe they would do even better if they took that more to heart. In any case, it's a beautiful country, with an admirable people, and I wish them the best.

    4. simonbaush

      If only there was a middle class, but things haven't improved much. The fat rich is getting richer and the poor poorer :(

  11. Lucas Bolzan

    INCREDIBLE how Brazil can be so DIVERSE!

    Loved it!

    Ps: As I noticed this doc was made in 2006. We're 2011 and Brazil has got even better!

  12. Yavanna

    Wow, great doc - really enjoyed that. No mention of death squads though? Was more like a travel advertisement for that reason.

    I`ve seen some gripping documentaries about Brazil and a fabulous country it surely is. Few realise how utterly it was used and abused in our colonial past. The natives were unfit workers (lazy and weak apparently) and many many many African slaves were imported to farm the plantations and mines.

    The country is rife with what they call feral children. Hunted to death (literally) by the government sanctioned death squads.

    As much as I enjoyed the doc and wish the world was all sunshine and happiness but I`d love to see an all encompassing doc showing the kidnap economy. A full history. And the truth of the dark underbelly.


    O Brasil é maravilhoso.
    Im from Portugal and in Brazil they speak Portuguese,its an amazing place,the most beautiful show on earth can be seen there in action.

    Brazil is a fast developing country ,its economy is if im not mistaken right now the seventh largest in the world and i believe that in a few decades everybody will rush there to live.

    Sure,it has some (loads) os social problems,but i have my fingers crossed and hoping it will be a developed country very soon.

    The greatest feature i love in the Brazilian mentality is that even when the all world is falling apart around them they always manage to smile,sing and dance,obviously football (soccer) is of a diferent nature,they play it beautifully and you dont wanna come near a Brazilian when they loose in the world cup ;)

    Brazil is a beatiful ,beautiful,beautiful country...

    1. Guest

      You make me hungry to see it someday! Do you live there now?


      I dont live there but i have been on Holidays in South and it was really amazing.

      Where i live,near London UK,there is a huge Brazilian Community and im teling you,its impossible to feel unhappy around them,with Brazilian People,no matter what,life is a party.

    3. Guest

      That's what I've always heard, and it makes me feel good to hear it confirmed.

      @ Everyone:

      Great documentary, by the way. HIGHLY recommended.

  14. Joel

    glad i watched this, very nice -turned out to be different than I thought it would.

  15. Pat McAuley Ramsden

    Beautiful, beautiful film! but Guyana borders Brazil and is an English speaking country. I believe Surinam is a Dutch speaking country.. French Guyana also is not Spanish speaking.

  16. Pat McAuley Ramsden

    beautiful film.. !

  17. esmuziq & frames

    damn fine woman over there

    1. Guest

      Absolutely! When I think of Brazil, I think of football, Formula 1, and beautiful women; not necessarily in that order, either. Generally speaking, I guess, I get the the impression of a people who love life and a good time, and aren't too inhibited to show it.

    2. DarkSun14billion

      Or they might be too poor to make something of themselves. It takes money, time, and resources to go to school, and productive.

    3. Guest

      True, sadly... But however wealthy they may get to be economically -and they're already getting to be a powerhouse- I think that generally they'll probably always demonstrate a real zest for life. It seems to be part of the national character (even seen often among the poorer classes, when they're able), and I applaud them for that.

    4. Sertsis

      The country is beautiful! the people are beautiful! and aren't the women really beautiful?... and you're right about their being an economic power-house, they're going to do well in the future. Maybe I'll sell up and move there, if they'll take me. Maybe I'll claim refugee status from another Canadian winter!

    5. Guest

      Oh, yes... If someone told me Brazilian women were the Original-Mold, I wouldn't have any trouble believing that. And I'm pretty partial to tropical climates, culture, and scenery, too. I may have to join you!