The Dead and the Others

João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora

Brazil, Portugal, 2018

16mm, Colour, 114'

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.


With: Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô and the people from Pedra Branca village – Krahô Indigenous Land

Directed by: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

Production: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia, Karõ Filmes, Entrefilmes, Material Bruto

Cinematography: Renée Nader Messora

Editing: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman

Sound design: Pablo Lamar

Sound mix: Ariel Henrique

Sound recording: Vitor Aratanha

Production coordination: Isabella Nader

Original languages: Krahô, Portuguese

World Sales: Luxbox

Distribution: Desforra Apache (Portugal), Embaúba (Brazil), Ad Vitam (France)

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