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This is a film that takes an inside look into the world of Capoeira through the lives and experiences of American practioners.
Travis Manning
Chicago, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

The Summary:

Jogo Bonito is a documentary film that delves deep into the world of Capoeira in the United States, and follows several American capoeiristas who are all so different, but tied together by a common love for this martial art steeped in the history and tradition of Brazil. This film is unique in its strong narrative quality as it depicts the subjects engaged in various stages as capoeiristas, and through their eyes, the audience will learn the history, the styles, the diaspora, and the philosophy of this fighting style invented by African slaves, and how all of this fit into their busy American lives.

What makes Capoeira so important to so many people? What does it truly mean to be a capoeirista? Art imitates life in the most unexpected ways, and this film goes far beyond verbal affirmation of Capoeira’s importance in people’s lives, but instead, show you, in its different stages, how it becomes infused with people’s lifestyles and personal philosophy, and ultimately changes the courses of their lives. 


The Film Is For:

  • Everyone who has never heard of Capoeira
  • Any one who has had a passing interest about Capoeira and looking for more informaiton
  • Capoeiristas everywhere, both new and lifelong players


The Story:

Our story begins in Chicago, IL where we meet Debra Hollander, a first year student who is just beginning to discover the world of Capoeira. To Debra, she has just stepped over the threshold into a new world of history, rituals, music, and movements that are the fundamentals of Capoeira. Everything is fresh and new, and a more than a little overwhelming. She is training hard in preparation for her first Batizado, the initiation taken by every capoeirista as they enter the community.

 Kris Kopriva is an instructor at the same group where Debra is training. After years of dedicated training and teaching, he is preparing himself to rise to the rank of Professor, a high-level instructor. It isn’t easy for him to balance personal improvement with his responsibilities as a capoeira instructor, along with his growing interest in Brazilian Jujitsu, as well as his full time job as a product designer.

 The story continues on the other side of the country in Orlando, FL with Roberto Folclore as we take a look at the trials experienced by this seasoned capoeira teacher and owner of his own capoeira academy. Amidst life’s hardships, sometimes people lose sight of what they most hold dear. Roberto understands this, which is why he is rebalancing his life in an effort to continue with his love for teaching and become the embodiment of a true capoeirista, someone dedicated to expression and freedom.

 Our last stop is Los Angeles, CA at the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, where we will witness the accession of three individuals to the rank of Mestre, or master. Years upon years of training as well as continuous contribution to the art form culminate in a tremendously emotional ceremony that recognizes these men’s value to the Capoeira world. Three lifelong friends from Bahia, Brazil, who immigrated to the United States and each started their own academies, will become Mestres together at one event, for the first time in Capoeira history. This celebration will bring together capoeiristas from across the world as they usher forth a new era for Capoeira in America. 


My Story

My name is Travis Manning. I have been practicing Capoeira for four years with Capoeira Guerrerios Orlando under Professor Folclore, and currently in Chicago at Capoeira Gingarte under Mestre Marisa. 

I am also a long time film fan and film maker. My film career started with my four years of active duty Air Force service as a videographer. Then I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science for Film at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. After which I did  freelance work for the Wide World of Sports at Disney for ESPN, various music videos as an editor and a couple production assitant jobs.

When I first learned about Capoeira in the mid 90's I constantly hit a wall being unable to find schools or any information about the art. As I finally began my training later in life I still found that overall information seemed missing for anywho who wanted to know what capoeira is other than that dance fighting style. So I am combining my passion of the art with my love of filmmaking to bring one of the most personal stories I can possible tell. That is "Jogo Bonito, The Beautiful game", my love letter to Capoeira and all it has done for not only me but others across the world. 


The Impact

We are looking to provide a gateway source that hits all the main points so that anyone new to Capoeira, or just looking for a source of information can have a readily availble fllm that will help light the way and hopefuly spark their fire for Capoeira. 


My team and I need to raise $5,500 to complete the film.

  • The Funds go towards making sure all final travel costs and accomodations are covered.
  • Equipment maintenance, upkeep, and rental.
  • Licensing fees such as music rights and film clip usage
  • Minor incidentals that may arise, such as food while traveling, gas, etc.

The film is all ready underway and is going to happen no matter what but we are trying to take a small film and make it truly amazing, and your contributions will help make this project one of the best sources of Capoeira in America available.

Other Ways You Can Help

You can help by also sharing and spreading the word of the campaign to all your friends, family and anyone you feel would be interested in capoeira.

You can also like and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jogo-Bonito-The-...


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