In the village of Amanha Lundju, a new tree is planted for every new birth-and the lives of human and tree are believed to be inextricable. But wood has become scarce, and trees are falling left and right. New economics are destroying the spiritual and physical balance of nature. Old witchdoctor Calacalado must lead his people into the desert on a quest to find new seed-and restore that balance.
Director Gomes closes in on the expressive faces and eyes of his cast, and utilizes a fluid camera to move this almost biblical parable about the collision of ancient with modern realities.
A film by Flora Gomes
Guinea Bissau, 1996; feature dama, 90 minutes