Rocha's film debut: The fishermen in a village in Bahia on the north coast of Brazil have to rent their net from a trader and give up 90 percent of the catch. What's more, the net owner keeps threatening to take their tools away from them. The black community, like two years later in "Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol", does not rebel; they endure exploitation by the white crook in the belief that one day the gods will help it out of their misery.

Firmino, a young man with new ideas who has returned from the city to his village, rebels against fatalism. He cuts the fishermen's net, which belongs to the merchant, in order to persuade them to help themselves. Glauber Rocha, in his first work, draws not only the rhythm of his sequences, but also the essence of his narrative from the sometimes calm and sensual, sometimes excited and inexorable play of sea and earth. By describing the simple life of the slave descendants, he anchors his film in reality. The film resembles a free, unleashed poem and still grips today through the charisma of its images.

Original Title Barravento
German Title Barravento
French Title Barravento
Other Titles Barravento
Directed by Glauber Rocha
Country Brazil
Available Formats DVD
Screenplay Glauber Rocha, José Telles de Magalhães, Luiz Paulino Dos Sa
Film Editing Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Soundtrack Washington Bruno
Cinematography Tony Rabatony
Sound Geraldo Josém Oscar Santana
Décors Elio Moreno Lima
Costumes Lúcia Rocha
Production Iglu Filmes
Runtime 80 Min.
Language Portugiesisch/d/f

«Wenn man den tiefen Eindruck zu analysieren versucht, den Barravento hinterlassen hat, drängen sich zwei Filme unmittelbar ins Gedächtnis: Tabu von F. W. Murnau und Robert Flaherty (1931) und Redes, den Fred Zinnemann 1935 in Mexiko machte, bevor er nach Hollywood ging.»
Alex Viany

«L'histoire de Barravento est celui d'un groupe de pécheurs pauvres d'une région de Bahia. La présence de la mer, considéré comme une divinité, la musique, la danse, les cérémonies, et les sacrifices rituels sont les éléments essentiels de cette narration.»
Le Monde


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