This music-soaked documentary is set in Candeal, a favela or shanty town in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, where Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes goes in search of the rhythms that inspired him. He soon meets Carlinhos Brown, whose music school is a focus for community gatherings and a tool for fighting poverty and crime in the area. Together they communicate in a sometimes amusing Spanish-Portuguese hybrid, but when they play music there is no doubting they are the sons of the same musical heritage. And as we catch glimpses of those living in Candeal we can see why music and particulary the school are considered miracles.
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