There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen year old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it´s time to organize the funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead´s village.
The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape a crucial process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.
Original title: Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia Dos Mortos English title: The Dead and the Others Country: Brazil, Portugal Languages: Krahô, Portuguese Production year: 2018 Format: 16mm Aspect Ratio: 1.66 Sound Format: 5.1 Length: 114' Frame rate: 24 fps
Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô
Director: João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora DOP: Renée Nader Messora Editors: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman Sound design: Pablo Lamar Producers: Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia, João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora Production Companies: Entrefilmes, Karõ Filmes, Material Bruto World sales: Luxbox
Portuguese, born in 1984 in Lisbon (Portugal)
Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal, and Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. His feature debut MOUNTAIN world premiered at the Venice Film Festival – Critics Week 2015. It came on the heels of a trilogy of short films: RAFA (Berlinale Golden Bear 2012) and ARENA (Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes 2009) and CERRO NEGRO. In recent years he was back in the Berlinale with the short-films HIGH CITIES OF BONE and RUSSA. THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora, is his second feature.
2018, Russa (short film) – Berlinale 2018
2017, Altas Cidades de Ossadas (High Cities of Bone)
2015, Montanha (Mountain) – Venice Critic’s week
2012, Cerro Negro (short film)
2012, Rafa (short film) – Golden Bear Berlinale
2011, Strokkur (short film)
2009, Arena (short film) – Palme d’Or Cannes
RENÉE NADER MESSORA
Brazilian, born in 1979 in Sao Paulo (Brazil)
She is a graduate in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. For fifteen years she worked as an assistant director in Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. In 2009 Renée Nader Messora met the Krahô indigenous people. Since then, she is working with the community, participating in the mobilisation of a local collective of Krahô filmmakers. Their work is focused in the use of cinema as a tool for self-determination and the strengthening of cultural identity. THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS is her debut as a director.