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This article is about the film. For the biography, see Chica da Silva.
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Directed by Carlos Diegues
Produced by Jarbas Barbosa
Airton Correa
Hélio Ferraz
José Oliosi
Written by Antonio Callado
Carlos Diegues
Based on Xica da Silva by João Felício dos Santos
Starring Zezé Motta
Walmor Chagas
José Wilker
Elke Maravilha
Stepan Nercessian
Music by Jorge Ben Jor
Roberto Menescal
Cinematography José Medeiros
Edited by Mair Tavares
J.B. Produções
Distributed by Embrafilme
Release dates
  • September 6, 1976 (1976-09-06)[1]
Running time 107 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Xica (Portuguese: Xica da Silva) is a 1976 Brazilian comedy film directed and written by Carlos Diegues, based on the novel by João Felício dos Santos. It stars Zezé Motta, Walmor Chagas and José Wilker. It was chosen as the Brazilian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but it failed to get a nomination.[2]


The film is based on the novel Memórias do Distrito de Diamantina, written by João Felicio dos Santos (who has a small role in the film as a Roman Catholic pastor). It is a romanticized retelling of the true story of Chica da Silva, an 18th-century African slave in the state of Minas Gerais, who attracts the attention of João Fernandes de Oliveira, a Portuguese sent by Lisbon with the Crown's exclusive contract for mining diamonds, and eventually becomes his lover. He quickly asserts control, letting the intendant and other authorities know that he's onto their corruption scheme. Eventually Lisbon hears of João's excesses and sends an inspector. José, a political radical, provides Xica refuge.


TV adaptation[edit]

In 1996, the now defunct TV station Rede Manchete successfully adapted the film plot to the telenovela format, directed by Walter Avancini, written by Walcyr Carrasco and starring Taís Araújo as the title character. This telenovela marked the first time an Afro-Brazilian actress played the lead role on a TV show. In 2005, SBT re-aired Xica da Silva.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Xica da Silva" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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