The Fever

A man of indigenous Amazonian heritage sits in a stripy hammock within a domestic room painting a bright blue. The man has is eyes closed and is smiling.

In-house screening captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers
Optional SDH captions available for online screening

Justino, an Indigenous widower in Brazil, lives his life according to set patterns. He works long shifts as a security guard, then returns to his family in the Amazon. His life becomes disrupted when his daughter wants to study medicine, manifesting itself in the form of a mysterious fever.

Manaus is an industrial city surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Justino, a 45 years old Desana native, works as a security guard at the cargo port. Since the death of his wife, his main company is his youngest daughter with whom he lives in a modest house on the outskirts of town. Nurse at a health clinic, Vanessa is accepted to study medicine in Brasilia and will need to be leaving soon.

During the night, a mysterious creature follows his footsteps. During the day, he fights to stay awake at work. But soon the tedious routine of the harbor is broken by the arrival of a new guard. Meanwhile, his brother’s visit makes Justino remember the life in the forest, from where he left twenty years ago. Between the oppression of the city and the distance of his native village, Justino can no longer endure an existence without place.

“The initial idea for this project emerged while I was shooting two documentaries in the Amazon region, where I met some indigenous families who had left their traditional territories deep within the forest to live in the city. I was also confronted with a new generation of urban indigenous people, who carried their traditions with them as they struggled to find their place in Brazilian society. The stories they told me about their experiences revealed the complex and tense relationship between indigenous cultures and Western civilization, which has marked Brazilian history since colonial times. Urged on by these encounters, I began to jot down my first notes for a movie centered on the relationship between two generations, a father and daughter living in Manaus.” – Maya Da-Rin 

Maya Da-Rin & Regis Myrupu discuss 'The Fever'

Maya Da-Rin is a Brazilian filmmaker and visual artist based in Rio de Janeiro whose works includes fiction films, documentaries and video installations. Her work has been shown in festivals and museums such as Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, MoMA and New Museum, having received innumerous awards. She was invited to take part at the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence and at the LABoral Art Residence in Spain.

Her first feature film was the critically acclaimed “The Fever” (2019), which premiered in Locarno’s international competition having received the Leopard for Best Actor and the FIPRESCI prize for Best Film before going on to win more than 30 awards in film festivals around the word.

She holds a master degree at in Cinema and Art History at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, graduated with honors at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains and was a student at Cuba’s International School of Cinema and Television.

2019, Brazil,  98mins
Directed by Maya Da-Rin
English & SDH subtitles available

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Saturday 5 March, 7pm

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26 FEB - 5 MArch

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