Hercules 56

November 30  - Harland Cinema, 7 pm




Feature Documentary
Director: Silvio Da-Rin
Producer: Suzana Amado

In 1969, two revolutionaries groups, fighting dictatorship in Brazil, kidnapped the American ambassador, exchanging his freedom for the liberation of fifteen political prisoners, flown to Mexico in a governmental aircraft named Hercules 56. Thirty-six years later, nine survivors of that group and five members of the organizations responsible for the kidnapping give their version of the facts and debate motives and consequences of the use of armed actions against the dictatorship in Brazil at the time.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, SILVIO DA-RIN started as a documentary filmmaker with the short Fênix, followedby a dozen of other shorts and medium length films, most of them selected to be presented at festivals in Mannheim, Leipzig, Nyon, Cork, Melbourne, La Habana and Cracovia: Prince of Fire, Church of Liberation,Nuestra America, Vote to Vote, and others. Hercules 56 is his first feature documentary.


Best film, People’s choice at Festival de Campo Grande, Brazil
Mention of Honor at III Fetival de Cine Y Video de Los Derechos Humanos, Bolivia
Best Film, Best Director, Best Edition, Best Sound Mixing at RECINE, Brazil.
Best Documentary, International Independent Film Festival of Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Best Documentary, Brazilian Section at Hispano-Brazilian Valencia, Spain