Montevideo, Uruguay. On Sunday nights, the drummers
of Barrio Sur assemble by firelight at an intersection
in the historic black neighbourhood.
Flames dance in a gutter bonfire lit to warm the hides of the drums.
Rows of drummers pound down the street in a blur of muscle,
sweat and sound, filling the night with a rhythm known as candombe.
The latter is a rhythm that has been an important part
of Uruguayan culture for two hundred years.
CANDOMBE RITUALS RHYTHMS
Rita Mabel Maio
Argentina/Uruguay, 2003, 44 min,
Colour, Spanish/English subtitles