River Silence


TIFF Lightbox 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 5:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 12:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Fri, May 3, 2019 9:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Brazilian Portuguese
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Ecology & the Environment
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Latin America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rogério Soares
Producer(s):Bob Moore
Annette Clarke
Editor(s):Ryan Mullins
Cinematography:Glauco Bermudez
Aldo Oviedo Tejo
Composer:Nicole Lizée
Sound Design:Benoît Dame
Jérémie Jones
Catherine van der Donckt
Location Sound:Catherine Van Der Donckt
Victor Arturo Jaramillo Quevedo


Honourable Mention—DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary

Woefully, Raimunda bends down and brushes the dirt off broken tiles stuck in the mud, tiles that used to hang in her bathroom and living room. Raimunda spent eight years paying for the tiles, one by one, to decorate her home. Today, she's one of over 40,000 displaced people moved from the banks of the Xingu River in the Amazon Basin to make space for construction of one of the world's largest dams, the Belo Monte. Raimunda's family, along with three other families featured in the film, now live in Altamira, a city plagued by unemployment, a lack of secure shelter and rising violence. With the help of stunning cinematography and moments of magic realism that bring the river and its stories to life, River Silence tells an urgent and unfortunately all too common story of Indigenous populations dispossessed and disrespected in the name of economic exploitation and natural resource mining. Aisha Jamal

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Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.