Sara Delamont and Neil Stephens 2016

Capoeira Bodies, Two Movies and Everyday ‘Realities’


Two films featuring capoeira offer very different images of male embodiment to students in the UK. Only the Strong features an improbable plot about American high school students, who are capoeira novices seeing-off a Latino drug gang. Besouro features a mythical hero, with Ninja-like qualities, being persecuted by an evil estate foreman, and celebrates the magical powers of the African-Brazilian gods and goddesses (orixas). We explore the male embodiments offered in these films with our ethnographic data on how male capoeira students in the UK experience their capoeira bodies.


Sara Delamont, SOCSI Cardiff University

Neil Stephens, Brunel University