The Sea of pelgrim Antonio (film)
Portraits of a city drowned in the middle of a drought. A Brazilian utopia that was swept away three times, but which refused to disappear.
The Sea of pilgrim Antonio recounts the story of Pilgrim Antonio, founder of the free town of Canudos. In the middle of the Brazilian Sertão – an isolated region feared for its long-lasting droughts – thousands of displaced natives and poor peasants gathered in a Utopian community based on solidarity. But the army was sent in to destroy their city. What they left behind was a prophecy: the dry wilderness in which they lived would turn into a sea. Generations later, these words were suddenly given meaning...
The Sea of pilgrim Antonio is a journey in search of the people and the dreams of Canudos. Of drought and water, of hope and homesickness; the essence of a deep trust in life, buoyed up the music and languid rhythms of time in the pitiless Sertão.
Sunday 20 July • Bimhuis • 17h30
Dutch subtitle - 90 minutes
Mendel Hardeman worked on this, his newest film, for seven years. On the last filming tour he brought along a ‘travelling cinema’ so that parts of the film could be shown in the same region where this history had taken place.