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The Hills of Disorder

Andrea Tonacci
Serras da desordem
Brasil 2008 / 135’

Carapirú is a nomad Indian who sees his family group massacred in a surprise attack by ranchers. He manages to escape and, for ten years, wanders through the hills of central Brazil. He is captured in November 1988, two thousand kilometers away from his starting point and taken by a sertanista, an explorer, Sydney Possuelo, to Brasília. His story is in every newspaper arousing much controversy among historians and anthropologists as to his origin and identity. He is identified as a Guajá by an Indian interpreter, orphaned at the age of 18, and who had been rescued ten years earlier by the same sertanista from ill treatment by the hands of a rancher. However, there is another surprise in wait: both Indians recognize each other as father and son, survivors of the massacre of ten years before when both were believed to be dead. The cast consists of the persons who lived the facts.

Sao Paulo IFF 2006


The film is a sort of documented fictional story about the overlapping of two worlds and two different groups of people who co-exist with and depend upon each other. It is an attempt to look at ourselves like human beings who are essentially alike, stripes of our cultural armour and our ethical-moral image.

Andrea Tonacji

Andrea Tonacci was born in Italy, in 1944. In 1953, the family moved to São Paulo where he still lives today. He directed and photographed short films until 1970 when she made a classic Bang Bang, a landmark, cited as one of the thirty best Brazilian features of all times. Using portable video equipment he made a number of documentaries on Indian cultures in the Americas. He produces, directs, and photographs documentaries, films, and institutional pieces. He is a researcher in audiovisual language and director of ExtremArt, production company dedicated to independent production.


1966 Olho por Olho (kr.m. / short)

1970 Bang Bang

1975 Blablablá

1975 Jouez Encore, Pavez Encore (dok. / doc.)

1979 Discuros Canelas (kr.m. / short)

1997 Biblioteca Naciona (dok. kr.m. / short doc.)

2006 Serras da desordem / The Hills of Disorder (dok. / doc.)

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