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Directed by João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

Brazil, Portugal 2018 114 mins. In Krahô, Portuguese with subtitles

Directors Salaviza and Messora spent several years living and working with the indigenous Krahô people in Tocantins, a northern Brazil state, learning the people’s customs and way of life and ultimately crafting this moving story together. Ihjãc, a 15-year-old from the village, loses his father and prepares for life with this new reality. Although Ihjãc is drawn into shamanism by the tribe’s elders, another option is to branch out into the city and try his luck at finding work and creating a new life. But life as an indigenous person in a Brazilian metropolis is not an easy one, and Ihjãc must grapple with the divide between the tradition of his village and the relative freedom that modern Brazil seems to offer. Stunningly shot on 16mm, The Dead and the Others belies the documentary background of the filmmakers in offering an anthropological yet empathetic portrait of a man—and a culture—at a crossroads.

Filmography: First feature

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