The Dead and the Others

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    The Dead and the Others

    Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia Dos Mortos

    Directed by

    Brazil, Portugal


    114 min

    • Portuguese


    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.


    • Jury Special Prize (Un Certain Regard) - Festival de Cannes
    • Best Director - Rio IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Henrique Ihjãc Krahô
    Raene Kôtô Krahô
    Renée Nader Messora
    João Salaviza
    Renée Nader Messora
    Edgar Feldman


    A modest, sensitively handled tale that unfolds at a decidedly measured pace.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    João Salaviza

    João Salaviza


    I always feel that cinema is ahead of me. It’s the films that drive me.

    Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1984, he studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His short films ARENA (Palme d’Or at Cannes), CERRO NEGRO (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and RAFA (Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale) screened at over 100 festivals around the world and won numerous prizes. His feature film debut MOUNTAIN premiered in the International Critics’ Week at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival. Another visit to Berlinale Shorts followed with HIGH CITIES OF BONE in 2017. His short RUSSA, premiered at Berlinale Shorts 2018. His most recent feature film THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora has been selected in Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2018.

    Selected Filmography

    Renée Nader Messora

    Renée Nader Messora


    Born in S. Paulo in 1979. She is a graduate in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. For fifteen years she worked as an assistant director in Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. In 2009 Renée Nader Messora met the Krahô indigenous people. Since then, she has been working with the community, participating in the mobilisation of a local collective of Krahô filmmakers. Their work is focused in the use of cinema as a tool for self-determination and the strengthening of cultural identity. THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS is her debut as a director.