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In Narcissus Off Duty, internationally-renowned musician Caetano Veloso gives testimony about his two-month imprisonment at the hands of the military dictatorship in power in Brazil in 1968. This minimalist exercise in spoken memory richly describes the psychological tactics of military violence practiced during his incarceration, alongside new information about why he was detained, which sheds light on the arbitrary brutality of the time and documents the terror-tactics of the extreme right-wing. Through a mix of oral storytelling, song, and the reading of documents, a precise dramatic balance is achieved. Benefiting from the discursive ability of this charismatic Brazilian artist, the film is a courageous and lyrical audiovisual documentation from the archives of a Brazilian military dictatorship that lasted 21 years, made timely by the fact that Brazil now lives again through a militaristic government, and a rise of the extreme right.
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