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It's a quiet night in the rainforest of northern Brazil. No snakes are slithering around the village; no ghosts are haunting anyone's thoughts. At least it seems that way. Ihjãc is soaked with sweat in the darkness. His father calls out for him to come to the waterfall. His father is dead. Haunted by worries about his own future, Ihjãc leaves his home and takes up the life of an indigenous person in big-city Brazil. Fact and fiction intermingle in a film as magical as it is realistic. At the Cannes festival, it received the Jury Award in the category "Un Certain Regard".

tags: Cultural Conflict, Latin America, Nature, Feature film, Urban

Cast: Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô


Director of Photography: Renée Nader Messora

Film Editor: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman

Sound: Pablo Lamar

Producer: Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia, João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

Production Company: Entrefilmes

Co-Production Company: Karõ Filmes, Material Bruto

World Sales: Luxbox

Director: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora


Born in Lisbon in 1984, João Salaviza attended the National Film and Theater Academy in Portugal and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His short film ARENA was awarded the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009, while its successor, RAFA was honored with the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2012. In 2015, Salaviza presented his first feature film, MOUNTAIN, at the Venice Film Festival.

Renée Nader Messora was born in São Paulo in 1979. She studied cinematography at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and worked in the Brazilian film industry for 15 years. Since 2009, she has been working with the Krahô people, assisting the indigenous population in the formation of a filmmakers' collective. CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS is the first film she's directed.