The music tree

The music tree

Original title: A árvore da música
Production: Interface Filmes; North Produções
Country: Brazil
Director: Otávio Juliano
Script: Otávio Juliano
Photography: Hélcio Alemão Nagamine
Year: 2009
Duration: 78
Genre: Arts documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Portuguese
Languages available: Portuguese
Subtitles: No
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 The future of classical music hinges on the survival of the tree for which Brazil was named. Brazilwood (also known as pernambuco), a dense orange-red heartwood, was exploited for its red dye by European settlers and is now threatened with extinction. Found only in the remnants of the devastated Atlantic Rainforest on the coast of Brazil, this tree has been vital in the manufacturing of ­ne violin bows and other instruments ever since Mozart was composing his masterpieces in Vienna. A stellar list of violinists and cellists, including Joshua Bell, David Garret, Marc Coppey and Antônio Meneses, demonstrate how this unique wood expresses the soul of the music. The film explores a path to saving these imperiled trees, along with the music that depends on them.


 Best Film Award by the Critics, on the 11th International Environmental Film Festival.

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