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World Premiere at Hot DocsÂ – April 2019
Honourable Mention for DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
European Premiere atÂ BIFF Bergen International Film Festival – October 2019
Official Selection DocsMX – October 2019
Official Selection Doqumenta (QuerÃ©taro) – August 2019
Official Selection FIFAC French Guiana – October 2019
Official Selection FilmFraSor Norway – November 2019
Official Selection Atlantidoc Uruguyan International Documentary Film Festival – November 2019
Official Selection Jerusalem Anthropological Film Festival – December 2019
Official Selection Film 4 Climate Guadalajara – December 2019
Official SelectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival – January 2020
Crystal Hornbill for Best DocumentaryRain International Nature Film Festival (Kerala, India) -February 2020
Official Selection Rendez-Vous QuÃ©bec CinÃ©ma (MontrÃ©al, Canada) – February 2020
CONSTRUIR CINE (Labour Film Festival) Argentina – April 2020
Official Selection, JAYU Human Rights Film Festival (Toronto Canada) – April 2020
Festival du CinÃ©ma BrÃ©silien de Paris – June 2020
Awal Film – Jordan Film Festival – August 2020
Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara Festiver Colombia – September 2020
FICMEC Spain – October 2020
A poetic journey alongside four women,Â River SilenceÂ is witness to the human and environmental cost of a large-scale development in Brazilâ€™s Amazon basin. The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam is but one of many scheduled to be built in Brazilâ€”and the characters we meet represent thousands of similarly displaced women, men and children.
We follow Francinette as she lovingly raises her children and grandchildren, moving to a new house in Altamira as compensation for the destruction of the modest home she had lived in for 18 years. Her resilient spirit and new surroundings are little comfort, however, when faced with her daughterâ€™s unplanned pregnancy and ongoing substance abuse. Tamakwera, of theÂ ParakanÃ£ nation, is also a new resident of Altamira, forced to move when life along the Xingu River became unsustainable. We see this Indigenous mother of four girls struggle to adapt to city life as she attempts to preserve her culture, language, and rituals.
Lyrical river scenes inspired by magical realism are interspersed with the bleak realities of life in an unfinished housing development. One of the residents, Karliane, becomes an informal housing advocate when the government begins threatening to kick the families out. A proud mother of four, she wants a better, more stable life for her children. Raimundaâ€™s situation is similarly dire, but tinged with hope. Part of a fishing family whoâ€™ve lost their livelihood, she starts from scratch in her 60s, building a new home with walls painted a vibrant blue to remind her of the strength of the Xingu River.
Returning to his childhood and mythical home, director Rogerio Soares demonstrates the incredible resilience of these women in the face of oppression. Parallels can be drawn to any situation where the exploitation of natural resources and disregard for human needs persists in the pursuit of economic development. A modern-day David vs. Goliath story,Â River SilenceÂ is a stark reminder of the powerful instinct for human connection and survival, even when defeat would seem the inevitable outcome.
AN EYESTEELFILMÂ PRODUCTION
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITHÂ THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BYÂ ROGÃ‰RIO SOARES
CINEMATOGRAPHY BYÂ GLAUCO BERMUDEZ, ALDO OVIEDO TEJO
EDITORÂ RYAN MULLINS
ORIGINAL MUSIC BYÂ NICOLE LIZÃ‰E
SOUND DESIGNÂ CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT, BENOIT DAME, JÃ‰RÃ‰MIE JONES
ON-LINE EDITOR SERGE VERREAULT
RE-RECORDING MIXER ISABELLE LUSSIER
LOCATION SOUND CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT, VICTOR ARTURO JARAMILLO QUEVEDO
ASSISTANT EDITORÂ RAFAEL FAVERO
LINE PRODUCERÂ VALERIE SHAMASH
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER KATIE McKAY
FIELD PRODUCER IN BRAZIL PATRICIA LIO
PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE LINDA FONG (TVO)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS DANIEL CROSS, MILA AUNG-THWIN, ANNETTE CLARKE, JANE JANKOVIC (TVO)
PRODUCED BYÂ BOB MOORE, ANNETTE CLARKE