Chão

Landless
Over a period of four years, Camila Freitas documented the lives of a group of landless workers in the Brazilian state of Goiás. Since 2015, the workers have occupied a portion of a factory site and demanded land reform. Chão provides insights into the group’s everyday routine, which is divided up between tilling the land, political activism and talk of what a better future might look like. The film thus delves into the microstructures of local political action while also demonstrating just how dependent the Landless Workers Movement is on Brazilian politics, global capital and the agricultural industry. Occupying a space between frank realism and potent atmospherics that draw their power from poetic digressions, such as deliberately exaggerated moments on the soundtrack, impressionistic close-ups and cinematographic micro-narrations, Chão documents life in the resistance, where hope can sometimes seem like the only thing capable of countering the realities of the world. It was only recently that Jair Bolsonaro, the new president of Brazil, added the landless to the list of enemies of the nation and called on landowners to take up arms to defend their property.
by Camila Freitas Brazil 2019 Portuguese,  Subtitles: English 112’ Colour World premiere Documentary form

Crew

DirectorCamila Freitas
ScreenplayCamila Freitas, Marina Meliande
CinematographyCris Lyra, Camila Freitas, Carol Matias
EditingMarina Meliande, Fred Benevides
MusicCelio Barros, Michelle Agnes Magalhães
Sound DesignDaniel De Franco, Matheus Miguens
SoundCamila Machado, Olívia Hernández, Martha Suzana, Apollo Campos
ProducersLeonardo Feliciano, Camila Machado, Francisco Craesmeyer, Douglas Duarte

Produced by

Trotoar

Brasília, Brazil

+55 61 985600158

World sales

FiGa Films

Miami, USA

+1 323 2299816

Camila Freitas

Born in Lauro de Freitas in the state of Bahia, Brazil in 1983. She studied Film and works as a cinematographer and filmmaker. Chão is her first feature-length film.

Filmography

2003 Passarim (Birdie); 15 min. 2010 De asfalto e Terra Vermelha (Asphalt and Red Earth); 35 min., co-directed by Antoine d’Artemare 2014 Ararat; 14 min., co-directed by Juruna Mallon and Lucas Parente 2019 Chão (Landless)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Feb 10 16:30

CineStar 8

Ticket code 100282

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 11 14:00

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Berlinale Talents

Ticket code 110932

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 12 19:30

Cubix 9

Ticket code 120892

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 15 14:00

Delphi Filmpalast

Ticket code 150323

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 17 16:30

Delphi Filmpalast

Ticket code 170323

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter