Scene from the film The Dead and the Others

The Dead and the Others

  • Brazil
  • Portugal
Audio Tracks 

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
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô
  • DOP
    Renée Nader Messora
  • Editing
    João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman
  • Sound
    Vitor Aratanha
  • Duration
    109 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Brazil
    • Portugal
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Mostra Internacional de São Paulo [BR 2018]
    • Torino Film Festival [IT 2018]
    • Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival [AT 2018]
    • New Horizons International Film Festival [PL 2018]
    • Munich International Film Festival [DE 2018]
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Gent International Film Festival
    • Gijón International Film Festival [ES 2018]
    • Lincoln Center NY Neighboring Scenes [US 2018]
    • BFI London Film Festival [UK 2018]
    • FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine [MX 2018]
    • Marrakech International Film Festival [MA 2018]
    • Havana Film Festival [CU 2018]
    • Santa Barbara International Film Festival [US 2018]
    • Athens Film Festival [GR 2018]
    • Istanbul Film Festival [TR 2018]
    • Cork Film Festival [IE 2018]
    • Zagreb Dox [HR 2018]
    • IFF Panama International Film Festival [PA 2018]
    • Belgrade Auteur Film Festival [RS 2018]
    • Spirit of Fire Film Festival Russia [RU 2018]
    • ForumDoc Belo Horizonte [BR 2018]
    • Praga Febiofest [CZ 2018]
    • IBAFF Murcia International Film Festival [ES 2018]
    • Festival Internacional Pachamama Cinema de Fronteira [BR 2018]
    • WOW Wales One World Film Festival [UK 2018]
    • Semana de Cine Portugués Buenos Aires [AR 2018]
    • Frames Festival Estocolmo [SE 2018]
    • Watson Institute Spring Film Series [US 2018]
    • Sin Fronteres Film Festival Albuquerque [US 2018]
  • Awards
    • Cannes International Film Festival [FR 2018] - Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard Special
    • Rio International Film Festival [BR 2018] - Best Direction Award (Renée Nader Messora, João Salaviza), Best Cinematography Award (Renée Nader Messora)
    • Lima Film Festival [PE 2018] - Best Film Award, Best Cinematography Award (
    • La Orquidea Film Festival - Best First IberoAmerican - Feature Film
    • Mar del Plata Film Festival [AR 2018] - Special Jury Award - International Competition
    • Minsk International Film Festival Listapad [RU 2018] - Best Film Award - Feature Film Competition
    • Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [BR 2018] - IndieLisboa Award - National Competition
    • FIDOCS - International Documentary Festival Santiago [CH 2018] - Jury Special Mention - International Competition is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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