Rediance Acquires World Sales for ‘The Falling Sky’: A Shamanic Critique of the Destruction of Yanomami Culture

By Eleanor Harrison Apr24,2024
World Sales Secured by Rediance for Directors Fortnight Film ‘The Falling Sky’

Rediance, a China-based international sales agent, has acquired the world sales rights to “The Falling Sky,” a feature documentary that will premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in the Directors Fortnight section. Directed by Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, the film features the Amazonian Yanomami people as its stars. Based on the book of the same title by shaman Davi Kopenawa and French anthropologist Bruce Albert, “The Falling Sky” portrays the indigenous community of Watorikɨ as they engage in a funeral rite known as reahu, which is an effort to hold up the sky and prevent it from falling.

Rediance describes “The Falling Sky” as a powerful shamanic critique of the destruction of Yanomami culture caused by intrusions from white prospectors and other outsiders. The film’s spellbinding images, meticulous sound design, and powerful words from Davi Kopenawa tap into the beauty of Yanomami cosmology while also highlighting its political significance.

Rocha’s tenth feature film and third time at Cannes, where he previously won L’Oeil d’Or Award for Cinema Novo in 2016. Co-director Carneiro da Cunha is a Brazilian artist, theater director, performer, filmmaker, and environmental art activist who has worked with indigenous communities for more than a decade. Together with Rediance they have produced films like “Edna” (2021) and “The Tree of Dream,” “Fishing With Timbó,” “A Woman Thinking” directed by Yanomami directors.

Rediance will also handle Chinese-speaking territories for co-production project “Grand Tour,” directed by Miguel Gomes which premieres in Official Selection’s main competition at Cannes this year. They continue to do business on recent Berlin titles: Nele Wohlatz’s Sleep With Your Eyes Open” and Qu Youjia’s “She Sat There Like All Ordinary Ones.” Last year they handled Anthony Chen’s “The Breaking Ice.”

By Eleanor Harrison

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