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Dry Ground Burning

Credits

Directed by

Adirley Queirós
Joana Pimenta

Produced by

Adirley Queirós
João Matos

Distributed by

Grasshopper Films

Synopsis

A lightning rod dispatch from contemporary—and maybe future—Brazil, this astonishing mix of documentary and speculative fiction takes place in the nearly postapocalyptic environs of the Sol Nascente favela in Brasilia. Here, fearsome outlaw Chitara leads an all-female gang that siphons and steals precious oil from the authoritarian, militarized government, while her sister, Léa, recently released from prison, is brought into the criminal enterprise. Working together as directors for the first time, Queirós and Pimenta effortlessly combine dramatized narrative with electrifying captured footage, which integrates the characters into rallies against Bolsonaro and fervent religious services. Presiding over it all are the regal Furtado and da Silva, playing alternate-reality versions of themselves, the fully liberated stars of an epic, hopeful vision.

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