Twenty Years Later is now playing virtually through 4/26.

Access the ND/NF at 50: Retrospective virtually nationwide!

  • FLC Virtual Cinema: Free to the general public on April 16 at noon, with early access for FLC members starting April 13 at noon.
  • MoMA Virtual Cinema: Free exclusively for MoMA members starting April 16th.

In 1964, Eduardo Coutinho was making a film about João Pedro Teixeira, who was murdered by police as a result of his efforts to organize farm workers in northeast Brazil. The director cast nonactors in the production, including Teixeira’s widow as herself, but shooting was cut short in the wake of the military coup that same year; footage was seized, with a number of participants imprisoned. The project was finally revived 20 years later, as the country was transitioning to a democracy, but now the film took on a different shape: Coutinho incorporated the earlier material as well as new interviews with those originally involved and reflections on the injustices of the interval, yielding a prismatically reflexive, genre-defying essay on political commitment and life under dictatorship.