Black God, White Devil
(Deus e o diabo na terra do sol)
Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Lidio Silva,
With its roots in the legends and folk traditions of northeastern Brazil, Black God, White Devil is an epic exorcism of the violence and hunger-fed cultural derangements that have scarred that barren region for centuries. In near-hallucinatory images of astonishing power, based in part on actual incidents, Glauber Rocha depicts the saga of two peasants, Manuel and Rosa, and a charismatic Black beato, or messianic priest, whose authority threatens that of the Catholic Church and local landowners. “Black God, White Devil is the most beautiful thing I have seen in more than a decade, filled with a savage poetry” (Luis Buñuel).