In 1650, a group of Brazilian slaves revolt and escape from their sugar plantation to the depths of the jungle, where they join other runaways. Under the leadership of Ganga Bumba, the men are able to carve out a place to live, repelling attempts by their Portuguese masters to recapture them. The community is further strengthened by the return of Zumbi, kidnapped from them as a child, who comes back to command their military.
Director: Carlos Diegues.
Writer: Carlos Diegues, João Felicio dos Santos (novel), Décio Freitas (book).
Stars: Antônio Pompêo, Zezé Motta, Tony Tornado, Vera Fischer, Antônio Pitanga, Maurício do Valle, Daniel Filho, João Nogueira, Jorge Coutinho, Grande Otelo, Joffre Soares.
1984 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.