Independência ou morte! (1995)
  • Title: Independência ou morte!
  • Alternate Title: Independence or death!
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 1995
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Cátia Alexandra, Daniele Fagundes, Kike Barbosa, Marcos Castilhos, Rogério Lauda, and Sandra Possani; Anna Fuão, Carla Moura, João Lima, Mauro Rodrigues, Rosanne Cardoso, and Sandro Marques

Independência ou morte! (1995)

Borrowing from history the famous sentence used by Dom Pedro I to declare the Independence of Brazil, "Independence or Death!", Ói Nóis creates a new and unofficial version of the formation of Brazilian society. The purpose is to demystify the so-called "heroes," and to put the true workforce and culture of this country into its rightful place. The invasion of the land of the Native Americans and the expatriation and enslavement of African peoples serve as a narrative structure, exemplifying the oppression and poverty in which the majority of the Brazilians still live. The light-hearted and ironic tone with which the official "heroes" are treated brings some air to the moldy way the history of this country has been told, praising the name of a few while neglecting the rest.

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