(1974, 95 min.) MEXICO/US
Director: Rolando Klein
Actors: Pablo Canché Balam, Alonzo Méndez Ton, Sebastián
Pedro Tiez and Antonio Castellanos
In Tzeltal with English subtitles.
Incorporating elements of Maya ceremony and story, Chac
portrays a small village in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico,
during a terrible drought. After the local shaman fails to bring
promised rain, men from the community go in search of a mysterious
healer whose prayers they hope will be answered by Chac, the god
of rain. Shot on location, the powerful acting by members of a
local indigenous community make Chac as vivid as documentary
and as gripping as myth.
Film still from Chac