By Rejane ZILLES


Documentary - Completed 2009

Walachai in Old German means a far away place, lost in time. The film is about rural communities in Southern Brazil which still live disconnected from the globalized world. Their inhabitants use an ancient German dialect and many never even learned Portuguese.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 84 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rejane ZILLES
    • Writer(s)
    • Rejane ZILLES
    • Producer(s)
    • Rejane ZILLES, Aletéia SELONK, Graziella FERST
    • Synopsis
    • Walachai in Old German means a far away place, lost in time. Other villages bearing such unique names as Jamerthal, Batatenthal, Padre Eterno and Frankenthal, are rural communities of German stock in Southern Brazil which have their own dynamic, oblivious of the globalized world. Many of their inhabitants never learned Portuguese, use a German dialect handed down from generations of immigrants, and are unaware of their original land. They are all Brazilian and identify themselves as such. Walachai is not a film about a German community. It is rather about the quaintness and uniqueness of a place where time stands still. It brings to contemporary Brazilian urban audiences a different lifestyle, unveiling an as yet unknown corner of Brazil.