The Luz e Ação Manifesto (Brazil, 1973)
Abstract

The “Luz e Ação” (Light and action) manifesto, written by key figures of Cinema novo, decries cheap populism and State repression, foregrounding the success of thenrecent Brazilian fi lms such as Nelson Pereira des Santos’s Como era gostoso o meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, Brazil, 1971) as examples of progressive, politically engaged cinema that appealed to mass audiences. Along with anticolonialism, the manifesto also decries sexism and racism in Brazilian cinema.