The Dead and the Others
Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos
Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Fifteen-year-old Krahô tribesman Ihjãc (Henrique Ihjãc Krahô) is reluctant to complete his father’s funerary rites, as the deceased rightly complains, because to do so would put him beyond the reach of the living. Even when he learns in a vision that he is destined to become a shaman, Ihjãc demurs. Suffering from aches and pains, he decides to leave the village for only the second time in his life and partake of the "other world’s" medicine in the nearest town.
Co-director Renée Nader Messora has been working with the Krahô indigenous people in northern Brazil since 2009, collaborating to set up a collective of Krahô filmmakers using cinema as a tool for self-determination and the strengthening of cultural identity. For nine months she and João Salaviza lived with the tribe developing this fictional drama, improvised by the cast in the Krahô language, and shot in earthy, organic tones on 16mm film. The original Portuguese title, incidentally, translates as "Rain is Singing in the Village of the Dead."
"A patient and immersive ethnographic fiction… a relaxed, attentive and caring film with admirably little desire to claim itself for greater things."—Daniel Kasman, mubi
Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 18