A photo of the Gracies circa 1962 from the family archive, donated by Angela Gracie to the film.
Back in September we brought you an interview with Victor Cesar Bota, the director of the documentary titled The Gracies. In a conversation with Bota earlier this week, he gave a few more details about when we can expect to see the movie. As of this moment, Bota is confident that his movie about the Gracie family, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu by extension, will be available this coming autumn. The film for the most part is already finished and only legal formalities remain.
While the film itself is expected to be an important addition to early jiu-jitsu historians’ collections, Bota offered that the bonus materials will be appreciated by jiu-jitsu fans as well. The bonus section of the film will include the following original footage:
- Scenes from moments before Renzo Gracie’s very first MMA fight. Shot at the 1992 Gracie Vale Tudo Desafio in Rio de Janeiro, the backstage video is said to include a young Renzo’s arrival at the event and time in the locker room with Ryan Gracie.
- Footage from the early 1980’s of the late Rolls Gracie training with Rickson, Royce, and Rillion Gracie while Helio Gracie observes.
- Original video from the backyard challenge fight between Gracie Barra students and Carlson Gracie students. Robson, Renzo, and Ryan are on one side while Carlson’s guys are on the other.
Lots of exciting early jiu-jitsu history to look forward to.
In addition, while the independent film is not expected to be distributed in theaters across the country, Bota believes there may be in-theater screenings in select venues in the United States. Stay tuned!