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North American Premiere. Special Presentation

Shot over the course of 15 months in four different villages within the Krahôlandia Indigenous Land of Brazil, this spellbinding blend of ethnography and narrative filmmaking sees co-directors Joao Salaviza and Renee Nader Messora (THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS) continue their work with the Indigenous Krahô community, who play themselves and collaborate on a script chronicling their fight to resist centuries of exploitation through dramatizations of three decisive events in their history: a massacre of Krahôs carried out in 1940, a traumatic moment during Brazil's military dictatorship in 1960 and the present day political struggle in the wake of Jair Bolsonaro's rule. These collective memories are foregrounded by the stories of three villagers — preteen Jotàt (Solane Tehtikwỳj Krahô), her mother Patpro (Ilda Patpro Krahô) and Patpro's uncle Hỳjnõ (Francisco Hỳjnõ Krahô) — as they each come to terms with their changing Indigenous identities in contemporary Brazil and work to preserve their land and cultural traditions from exploitation and the long-reaching legacy of colonialism. THE BURITI FLOWER is a remarkable and immersive ode to the strength and ongoing resistance of the Krahôs and Indigenous communities everywhere. Winner, Un Certain Regard – Ensemble Prize, 2023 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Renée Nader Messora, João Salaviza; SCR Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Ilda Patpro Krahô, Francisco Hyjno Krahô; PROD Ricardo Alves Jr., Julia Alves. Brazil/Portugal, 2023, color, 123 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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123 Minutes


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