CONFIDENCES FROM THE RIVER OF DEATH is an inti­mate doc­u­men­tary, which attempts to ana­lyze the rela­tion­ship of people and envi­ron­ment, work and his­to­ry through the oral his­to­ry, passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. A pic­ture of what is left, in fact and in the imag­i­na­tion of the sur­viv­ing pop­u­la­tion in the cities, vil­lages, quilom­bos (the hiding place of negro fugi­tive and rebel slaves) and indian vil­lages at »Rio das Mortes«, a gold mining front in the Brasil­ian Province of Minas Gerais. By jux­ta­pos­ing the con­fi­dents of the descen­dants of negro slaves, indian abo­rig­ines and white colo­nials the rich and com­plex his­to­ry of a cul­tur­al land­scape is unfolded.

Paschoal Samora wurde am 24. Mai 1968 in São Paulo geboren. Er studierte Film an der »Fun­dação Arman­do Alvares Pen­tea­do«. Er arbeit­et als Regis­seur, Pro­duzent, Autor und Kam­era­mann. Films: LET THE SUN SHINE S-8 (1997): 3 PLATEAUS AND 1 BALLOON (1998); FRONTEIRAS (1998)


MEIO tells a story of the con­se­quences of migra­tion on dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. The 83-year-old Lina lives with her hus­band in the small town Vila Rica (orig­i­nal­ly Vila Rick­ert), sit­u­at­ed in a rural area around Pres­i­dente Lucena in Brasil. Many people of her gen­er­a­tion living in this area can only speak the German dialect Hun­srück­isch and have dif­fi­cul­ties com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their grand­chil­dren. The younger gen­er­a­tion hardly speaks any German, since they have grown up speak­ing Por­tuguese as their first lan­guage. MEIO is a doc­u­men­tary that raises ques­tions about iden­ti­ty and biogra­phies and about under­stand­ing dif­fer­ences between gen­er­a­tions and cul­tur­al ideas of daily life.