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Festival Film Screening: Chão (Landless)

Mon 11 | 14:00 - 16:00 | HAU1

In cooperation with Berlinale Forum.

Camila Freitas, Brazil, 2019, 112 min.
© Camila Freitas

Over a period of four years, Talents alumna Camila Freitas documented the lives of a group of landless workers who occupy a factory site and demand land reform in the Brazilian state of Goiás. Chão provides insights into the group’s everyday routine, divided between tilling the land, political activism and talk of a better future. The film delves into the microstructures of local political action while demonstrating the Landless Workers Movement’s dependency on national politics, global capital and the agricultural industry. Chão’s honest realism and potent atmospherics is not without its poetic digressions. The film seems all the more potent in a Brazil led by President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently branded the landless as enemies of the nation.

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Camila Freitas

Camila Freitas studied film at the Universidade de Brasília and at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio. Between 2007 and 2013, she lived and worked in Paris as a camera assistant and cinematographer. She also studied cinematography at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière in Saint-Denis. She works as a cinematographer and filmmaker. CHÃO, her first feature-length film, was selected for the Doc Station at Berlinale Talents in 2018 and is now premiering at Berlinale Forum.
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Christine Tröstrum

Christine Tröstrum is the Project Manager of Berlinale Talents. After working for several German and French film festivals, she managed the animation co-production market Cartoon Movie in Babelsberg and headed an international conference series, now known as Media Convention. She has managed Berlinale Talents since 2004, which she has co-run with Florian Weghorn since 2014. She also consults on the Talents International initiatives. In addition, she advises the festival on organisational development.