You don’t need to be a sports fan to know Ayrton Senna. He is considered by many as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. He wasn’t just a worldwide known icon, Senna built patriotism inside of each Brazilian citizen. We’re still crazy about him and his story. We are proud of him, of what he did, and of all his legacy.
But you can check it out yourself by watching the recently launched documentary about his life and death, Senna – No fear, No limits, No equal. That’s still such an emotional film, even for us (Brazilians) that have heard so much about him and followed his achievements.
I’m here to share my point of view of Senna’s documentary screenned at the Melbourne International Film Festival last month. First of all, the tickets sold out two weeks before the opening day. Many of my Brazilian friends couldn’t get one. The house was completely full and was interesting to note that most of the audience was made up of Australians. I didn’t know Senna’s had so many fans here.
I was also impressed by seeing a lot of them wearing Senna’s t-shirt and some even carryng a replica of his helmet. That truly thrilled me. That made me realized just how known Senna was, and how people outside Brazil are also crazy about him, which made me feel prouder and prouder of his character. The documentary by itself is so much exciting and make us to remember every race we were watching and cheering for him. It reminds us of the good things about our country.
Senna had a theme song made for him by Brazil’s largest TV Network, Rede Globo, which was played as soon as he was approaching the finish line. Once the chequered flag was waved, Galvão Bueno, the Brazilian commentator, would yell Senna’s name like this: ”Ayrton! Ayrton! Ayyyyrton Senna of Braziiilll!!!” And that is an indescribable exciting sentiment, that we still feel, every time this song is played.
The crowd was vibrating in every one of Senna’s victories on the movie, as if it was happening in real-time. It was possible to hear some shocked gasps about the political intermissions on the races, shown on the film. I’ll say that the British director Asif Kapadia, could get the whole audience involved with the film. As a Brazilian, I was pleased with the way Kapadia directed it. By the end of the movie, every single person had tears in their eyes, even the most hardened man! The applauses was thunderous. I was truly impressed by how the non-Brazilian public was also so involved with Senna’s story.
Here is the trailer:
I am speechless…