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Leandro’s Batteries

The unfiltered lens of a contemptuous street-vendor, revealing layers of resilience and defiance.
3/5

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‘Leandro’s Batteries’ is a brief yet polarizing portrait of a man whose complexities are as sharp as his tongue. Directed by Dan Graf, this Brazilian documentary offers a snapshot of Leandro Madeira, a San Paulo-based street-vendor whose unconventional beliefs and abrasive personality make for a challenging viewing experience.

Graf wastes no time in immersing viewers in Madeira’s world, introducing us to his unapologetically bold personality and unconventional beliefs. While some may find Madeira’s anti-American and pro-ISIS sentiments off-putting, Graf navigates these contentious waters very well, challenging viewers to look beyond their initial judgments and explore the deeper layers of Madeira’s character.

The documentary sets out to humanize its subject without glossing over his flaws. We learn of Madeira’s past as a hotel manager and his present life as a street vendor, viewers are offered a fleeting insight into the man behind the bravado. Madeira’s love for jazz music serves as a reminder of the beauty he finds in the midst of adversity, adding depth and nuance to his character.

While the film leaves us hungering for more into Madeira’s psyche and personal struggles, its brevity is also its strength. The documentary dares to delve beneath the surface, challenging viewers to confront their own preconceptions and embrace the complexities of the the street-vending community.

While Graf’s cinematography/direction offers glimpses of Madeira’s complexity, the film’s brevity prevents it from reaching its full potential. The evocative imagery transports viewers to the dark streets of São Paulo with vivid clarity. The use of Portuguese language with English subtitles adds an easy viewing experience for a wider reach. Ultimately, the short succeeds in offering a thought-provoking glimpse into the resilience and complexity of a man on the streets.

Brief Synopsis

An alley in a central neighborhood of Sao Paulo is home to a remarkable man. His jazz CD booklets stuck to the wall emanate the wild energy of determined steps with no predictable direction, his mood suddenly changes like smoke in the wind. A search for fragments of who Mr. Leandro is.
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Director(s): Dan Graf
Writer(s): Dan Graf
Cast: Leandro Madeira
Producer(s): Daniel Varella
Director of Photography: Dan Graf
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Runtime: 3 min

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Leandro’s Batteries

The unfiltered lens of a contemptuous street-vendor, revealing layers of resilience and defiance.
3/5

Review

‘Leandro’s Batteries’ is a brief yet polarizing portrait of a man whose complexities are as sharp as his tongue. Directed by Dan Graf, this Brazilian documentary offers a snapshot of Leandro Madeira, a San Paulo-based street-vendor whose unconventional beliefs and abrasive personality make for a challenging viewing experience.

Graf wastes no time in immersing viewers in Madeira’s world, introducing us to his unapologetically bold personality and unconventional beliefs. While some may find Madeira’s anti-American and pro-ISIS sentiments off-putting, Graf navigates these contentious waters very well, challenging viewers to look beyond their initial judgments and explore the deeper layers of Madeira’s character.

The documentary sets out to humanize its subject without glossing over his flaws. We learn of Madeira’s past as a hotel manager and his present life as a street vendor, viewers are offered a fleeting insight into the man behind the bravado. Madeira’s love for jazz music serves as a reminder of the beauty he finds in the midst of adversity, adding depth and nuance to his character.

While the film leaves us hungering for more into Madeira’s psyche and personal struggles, its brevity is also its strength. The documentary dares to delve beneath the surface, challenging viewers to confront their own preconceptions and embrace the complexities of the the street-vending community.

While Graf’s cinematography/direction offers glimpses of Madeira’s complexity, the film’s brevity prevents it from reaching its full potential. The evocative imagery transports viewers to the dark streets of São Paulo with vivid clarity. The use of Portuguese language with English subtitles adds an easy viewing experience for a wider reach. Ultimately, the short succeeds in offering a thought-provoking glimpse into the resilience and complexity of a man on the streets.

Brief Synopsis

An alley in a central neighborhood of Sao Paulo is home to a remarkable man. His jazz CD booklets stuck to the wall emanate the wild energy of determined steps with no predictable direction, his mood suddenly changes like smoke in the wind. A search for fragments of who Mr. Leandro is.
Leandro's Batteries Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Dan Graf
Writer(s): Dan Graf
Cast: Leandro Madeira
Producer(s): Daniel Varella
Director of Photography: Dan Graf
Animation:

Specifications

Genre:
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 3 min

IMDb Page

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