by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora

2018 | 114 min | 16mm | Fiction

Tonight, the spirits and snakes haven't appeared yet. The forest around the village is calm. Fifteen-year-old Ihjãc has had nightmares ever since he lost his father. He is a Krahô Indian from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks through the darkness with a sweaty body. A distant voice echoes through the palm trees. His father's voice calls to him by the waterfall: it's time to prepare his end-of-mourning feast so that his spirit can leave for the village of the dead.
Rejecting his duty and in order to escape the process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc flees to the city of Itacajá. Far from his people and his culture, he will face the reality of being an indigenous person in contemporary Brazil.

Henrique Ihjãc Krahô
Raene Kôtô Krahô
Inhabitants of Pedra Branca village - Krahô Indigenous Land

João Salaviza [Karõ Filmes]
Renée Nader Messora [Karõ Filmes]
Ricardo Alves Jr. [Entrefilmes]
Thiago Macêdo Correia [Material Bruto]

Renée Nader Messora

João Salaviza
Renée Nader Messora
Edgar Feldman

Sound Design
Pablo Lamar

Ariel Henrique

Direct Sound
Vitor Aratanha

Production Manager
Isabella Nader


Desforra Apache [Portugal]
Embaúba [Brazil]
Ad Vitam [France]


- 2018-

Cannes Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard

Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival
Special Jury Prize

Rio de Janeiro Int. Film Festival
Best Director
Best Cinematography

Lima Int. Film Festival
Best Film
Best Cinematography

Minsk Int. Film Festival Listapad
Best Film

Spirit of Fire Film Festival
Critics' Prize

Panorama internacional Coisa de Cinema
IndieLisboa Award

La Orquidea Film Festival
Best First Work Award

Fidocs Int. Documentary Festival Santiago Chile
Special Jury Mention

Athens Avant-Garde Int. Film Festival
Best Film

Cine Vigo Spring Festival
Audience Award

- 2020 -

Sophia Awards
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary

Fénix del Cine Iberoamericano Awards

CinemaTropical Awards
Nominated for Best Film
Nominated for Best Direction

Guarania Film Award
Nominated for Best Documentary


- 2018 -

Cannes Film Festival
Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro Int. Film Festival
London Bfi Int. Film Festival
Lima Int. Film Festival
Minsk Int. Film Festival
Torino Film Festival
Spirit of Fire Film Festival
Fidocs Int. Documentary Festival
Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema
La Orquidea Film Festival
Athens Avant-Garde Int. Film Festival
Cine Vigo Spring Festival
Munich Int. Film Festival
Viennale Int. Film FestivaL
São Paulo International Film Festival
Beijing Int. Film Festival
Lincoln Center Neighboring Scenes
Vancouver Int. Film Festival
Cartagena Int. Film Festival
Ficunam Festival Int. Cine
New Horizons Int. Film Festival
Göteborg Film Festival
Gijón Int. Film Festival
Marrakech Int. Film Festival
Havana INT. Film Festival
Portland Int. Film Festival
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival
Film Fest Gent
Athens INT. Film Festival
Istanbul INT. Film Festival
Cork Film Festival
Zagreb Dox
IFF Panama Int. Film Festival
Belgrade Auteur Film Festival
Prague Febiofest
Festival Márgenes
Fórumdoc Belo Horizonte
Festival Cine Esquema Novo
Guarania Film Prize
Festival de Cine Global Dominicano
IBAFF Murcia Int. Film Festival
Singapore Int. Festival of Arts
Sttugarter Filmwinter Festival
Festival Cinéma d'Alès Itinérances
Festival Int. Pachamama Border Cinema
Festival Int. Pontevedra Novos Cinemas
Joburg Film Festival
Sherbrooke Festival Cinéma du Monde
Zagreb JFF Festival of Tolerance
Latin American Film Festival Danish Cinematheque
Festival Sesc Melhores Filmes
WOW Wales One World Film Festival
Cinemigrante Int. Film Festival
Semana de Cine Portugués Buenos Aires
Al Qamar Wadi Rum Film Festival
Frames Festival Stockholm
Ojoloco Festival Cine Latino Américain
Watson Institute Spring Film Series
Sin Fronteras Film Festival Albuquerque
Athens Ethnographic Film FestivaL
Graba Mendoza Film Festival
Hero and Time Int. Film Festival
Festival du Film Brésilien montréal
Toronto Brasil Film Festvial
Semaine du Cinèma Lusophone Nice
Citéphilo Lille
Festival de films européens de Paris
Encuentro de Cine Europeu Argentina
Exground Int. Film Festival
Festival des Rencontres ciné Salon-de-Provence
Portuguese Cinema Days Berlin
Moscow Portuguese Film Festival
DRCLAS Harvard Film Series
Utopia Uk Portuguese Film Festival
Cinecipó Int. Film Festival
Festival Murcia 3 Culturas
Festival Int. de Cinema 16mm de S. Paulo
Mostra Cine Atlântico Açores
Maio Doc Cabo Verde
Raiba Festival de Cine LatinoAmericano
Festival Les AnthropoScènes
Rieupeyroux Film Festival