New national production Amazon Prime Video, At Home with the Gil accompanies one of the most famous families in the Brazilian cultural scene during the creation of a historic tour, which will bring together all generations of Gil on stage for the first time. They met for a creative retreat in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro, where the cameras followed behind the scenes of everything that happened in the preparation for the show, which will tour Europe, and also celebrates the 80 years of the life of Gilberto Gil. In addition to moments of intimacy never seen before, the meeting was the stage for controversial discussions such as the diverse family background of the Gil, racism in Brazil, the strong influence of Afro culture on society, among other topics - all wrapped up in songs that marked generations and the culture of Brazil.
Sold before the pandemic with the proposal to accompany the tour, the series suffered the effects right at the beginning of production, when the confinement was declared. THE Conspiracy and the Amazon Prime Video decided not to postpone the recordings but to turn it into a pre-tour, showing the organization while exploring the difficulty of the whole family stuck in a house working on something they don't know how they will make it possible.
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This change ended up helping the series a lot, which turned into an interesting prequel to the tour with the bonus of showing a relatively large family going through a complicated time in our history together and confined. Using an interesting dynamic, where each member suggests their favorite song that they think should be on the tour and defends why. This makes the events emotional and intimate, while presenting the difficulty and curiosity of the work of organizing an international musical tour.
Among relevant discussions, which involve racism, diversity and other important issues, opinions are expressed and small fights created, nothing serious and sensationalist like a common reality, since we are talking about a united and very loving family.
In addition to the affection that a large part of the Brazilian public has for Gilberto Gil and the inevitable feeling of emotion that this figure conveys, At Home with the Gil he also shows intense human warmth when showing his relationship with his grandchildren, who are young people tuned in and connected to MPB, a musical style that is practically dead for today's youth. It's beautiful to see such a young generation carrying this important legacy and getting intensely involved with this art.
With a second season confirmed, which will in fact air during the European tour, At Home with the Gil is an emotional and affectionate reality doc, which sets an example for families through one that managed to have love at the center of its creation.
At Home with the Gil premieres June 24 on Amazon Prime Video.