#263 “The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo” Movie

by Caleb on December 9, 2012

gracie jiu-jitsu
A photo of the Gracies circa 1962 from the family archive, donated by Angela Gracie to the film.

All of us in the jiu-jitsu community know bits and snippets of the story of the family who brought us jiu-jitsu. That knowledge is likely related to how close one’s instructor is to the Gracie family. Due to the Gracie clan’s large size and understandable biases of our sources, it’s unlikely any of us have a very comprehensive picture of the family history. Most of the answers to our questions about the very large and complicated Gracie family and jiu-jitsu’s history are unclear.

Whenever content appears that might resolve some of those questions, the BJJ family around the world gets very excited. The last time we spoke with Victor Cesar Bota was in 2009 and the New York City-based film-maker was preparing to debut a film called “The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo” at a film festival in Rio.

Since then much time has passed. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu community has continued to hope that the film would one day become available. We recently learned that work is finally nearing completion on Bota’s film and brought him on today’s episode of the FightWorks Podcast to give an update on a project that will unquestionably make a big impression on jiu-jitsu lovers everywhere.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Derek December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thanks for another great episode.
Merry Christmas to the fightworks podcast team!

Derek January 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I would like to show support for Ryan Hall for posting this open letter:-

Phil January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Has the documentary been released yet? If not is there an official release date been announced? Thanks in advance.

Brendan May 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

@Phil Yes I’d like to know if it will be released on DVD as well. I love a good BJJ/MMA documentary!

Jason S May 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

Yes, it was released in April of this year. Budovideos is the only place I know to find it. The reviews on IMDB, Sherdog, etc make it worth watching I think.


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