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A martial arts action film set in 1920s Bahia that tells the "true story" of a legendary capoeira (African martial arts) fighter, Manuel Henrique Pereira.

Nicknamed "Besouro Mangangá" after a large black beetle which cannot fly, he is given this moniker because of his ability to quickly vanish whenever he is faced with an uneven fight. Soon, because of his sizeable strength and notoriety, a myth is born attributing supernatural powers to him which allow him to dodge bullets and turn himself into a beetle at will.

Besouro desperately ponders and seeks his true mission in life and uses his considerable physical prowess and the influence of Candomblé (Brazilian/African religion)in post slavery Brazil to battle the attempts by white plantation owners to put the former African slaves back into bondage through the share cropping system in the early 20th Century.

Starring Aílton Carmo, Ânderson Santos de Jesus, Jéssica Barbosa, Flávio Rocha, Irandhir Santos

Directed by João Daniel Tikhomiroff

Running Time - 1:35
Genre - Action/Adventure
Opened in Theaters - Thursday, January 1st, 2009 (3791 days ago)

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