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3.5
11 Ratings

Há Terra!

Directed by Ana Vaz
Brazil, 2016
Documentary, Short

Synopsis

A documentary that stages a hunt and subverts ethnographic tendencies in order to exhume a history of survival and political resistance in the Brazilian badlands.

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Há Terra! Directed by Ana Vaz
The most rapturous film I saw this year was Há Terra! ... In one sequence, staged as a sort of hunt, Vaz has Ivonete hide from the camera, playing to the tensions of ethnographic cinema. Shot on expired 16 mm film stock, the scratched and bleached Há Terra! points to a tenuous connection with temporal reality.
July 01, 2016
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If Há Terra! has a sound-as-brickwork logic (to borrow a phrase from Norman Mailer) that veers toward didacticism, it's also leavened by Vaz's rich, saturated 16mm images, which turn the woman's shirt an impossible red and draw an association between her and the feathers of a bird we see later in the film.
December 14, 2016
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Almost lost in this shuffle was the short film before Muito Romântico, named Há terra! (There is Land!, Ana Vaz, 2016). The phrase can be read as a jubilant cry or a desperate self-delusion. As a "16mm cine-poem" mixing symbols of civility and wilderness in a cacophany, the ambiguity is welcome.
December 14, 2016
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