Brazilian Culture

Discover the Northeastern dryland "Sertão", through "Behind The Sun"

Discover the Northeastern dryland "Sertão", through "Behind The Sun"

The movie depicts the life, the scenery, and the way of line in the Brazilian "Sertão" in the beginning to the 20th century. The Sertão nordestino Brazil's Northeast drylands, is a climate sub-region that extends through the countryside of the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe.

The essence of the region is captured by the movies beautiful photography, through which the viewer will get to enjoy the region's natural beauty.

The dry climate dominates the region; and, throughout the year, one experiences high temperatures and very little rainfall. Even somewhat restricted by this climate, the main economic product of the region at the time was the growing of sugarcane. In "Behind The Sun" the family mill produces blocks of unprocessed sugar, called "Rapadura", a product that had been commercialized in Brazil in the 16th century.

The viewer will also be exposed to the rich culture of the region, birthplace of stepping stones of Brazilian popular art such as Cordel literature, and rhythms such as Baião, Xaxado and Forró. The Sertão also holds famous popular festivities in June , drawing large crowds to the traditional "São João" fairs in June.

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Sinopsis: It is April 1910 and Tonho (Rodrigo Santoro) and his family live in the Sertão drylands. He questions his father's (José Dumont) pressured to avenge his family name as his older brother was murdered by a rival family. He is aware that in case he goes through with this quest, he himself will be hunted down. This vengeful tradition will be questioned by a young man anguished by the possibility of this own death.

Watch "Behind The Sun"´s trailer

Introducing the "Discovering Brazil through the movies " series

This series of posts intends to introduce our readers to movies that show Brazil's cultural and natural diversity. This way, our readers will have the chance have get a little closer to Brazil and get to know more about the country's customs and history. Check out the tag "Brazil in the movies" to read more.






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