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Dancing with the Voice

Maria Joao

Dancing with the Voice Maria Joao


It is said that a culture can be better understood by listening to its music than by learning its language. In Portugal this music is the fado: bittersweet, melancholic sounds that reflect the desire for something that has been lost forever. Fernando Pessoa called this sadness without a reason "leafing through the soul."

Maria Joao is not a fadista – and yet her playing with tones is rooted in this tradition.


  • Directed by:
    • Manfred Waffender
  • Production date: 1998
  • Duration: 1 h 00 min
  • Production: © NDR / Arte / MW Filmproduktion
  • Available version(s): EN


  • Maria Joao | Singer
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