in about 100 words or less
Brazil 120m, B&W
Director: Glauber Rocha; Cast: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle, Lidio Silva, Sonia Dos Humildes, João Gama, Antônio Pinto. Milton Rosa, Roque Santos
Black God, White Devil is a slow dark drama that follows a couple who flee the scene of a murder to find themselves wandering the desert searching for the promised land. Initially following a “holy” man, they hope to have their sins cleansed through the death of an innocent, but only fall further into chaos as the survivors of a massacre. Full of symbolism and unlikable characters, Rocha uses their violent and pointless actions to expose the futility of religious dogma and the need to find one’s own path (Klaus Ming April 2016).