Ex-Shaman

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    Ex-Shaman

    Ex-Pajé

    Directed by

    Brazil

    2018

    81 min

    • Portuguese
    • Tupi

    Documentary

    Ever since their first contact with the Western world in 1969 the Paiter Suruí, an indigenous people living in the Amazon basin, have been exposed to sweeping social changes. Smartphones, gas, electricity, medicines, weapons and social media have now replaced their traditional way of life. Illness is a risk for a community increasingly unable to isolate itself from the modernisations brought by white people or the power of the church. Ethnocide threatens to destroy their soul. With dogged persistence, Perpera, a Christianised former shaman, is searching for a way to restore the old vitality to his village. Luiz Bolognesi’s film sensitively documents how western technology and church-based prayer are subsuming the lives of a people whose world was previously shaped by hunting, harvest and community meals. Unfolding in densely atmospheric images, this film reveals their deep connection to the unpredictable rain forest, from which Perpera draws the strength he needs to resist the encroaching eradication of their cultural identity. His unwavering trust in the supernatural allows him to wander between quiet submission and targeted protection of the existential values that characterise the Paiter Suruí.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Perpera Suruí
    Kabena Cinta Larga
    Agamenon Suruí
    Kennedy Suruí
    Ubiratan Suruí
    Mopidmore Suruí
    Arildo Gapamé Suruí
    Screenplay
    Luiz Bolognesi
    Cinematography
    Pedro J. Márquez
    Editing
    Ricardo Farias
    Production
    GULLANE
    Sales
    UPSIDE DISTRIBUTION

    Press

    Bolognesi shapes real situations in a fictional manner, building a narrative that feels artless yet constructed.

    Jay Wessberg, Variety

    Luiz Bolognesi

    Luiz Bolognesi

    Brazil

    Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1966, he made his directing debut with the animated film A STORY OF LOVE AND FURY which won the Cristal du long métrage at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. EX SHAMAN is his second feature film. He is also an award-winning screenwriter whose work includes the script for COMO NOSSOS PAIS which screened in the 2017 Berlinale Panorama.