"Taking Iacanga" is a feature documentary about the curious story behind a legendary festival dedicated to Brazilian music in the 70's and 80's. It was the first field festival in the history of Brazil. The event was held in a ranch, when the the country was ruled by a military regime and events such as open air festivals were prohibited by the government. Overcoming politic difficulties, the music festival was a major gathering of the hippie movement, that arrived lately in the country because of the cultural isolation stablished by the dictatorship.
The film follows the journey of a 20-year-old student, Antonio Checchin Junior, that
was able to convince his family and friends to turn their ranch, located in the countryside of São Paulo, into the main stage for the biggest Brazilian artists of that period, such as Raul Seixas, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal and and the founder of the musical genre Bossa Nova, João Gilberto.
Considered the Brazilian version of Woodstock Festival, the film presents exclusive archive footage of historical concerts, backstage images and interviews with artists, producers and the peaceful family that founded the music festival – without realizing that the event was one of the most powerful symbols of the counter cultural movement in Brazil.