Chac: The Rain God [subtitles]

1 hr, 34 mins1974
Featuring: Pablo Canche Balam, Alonzo Mendez Ton, Sebastian Santis, Pedro Tiez, Antonio Castellanos

A cult film from the 1970s, lost for years and now restored, Chac: The Rain God is based on ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh. This gorgeous film, shot in the Chiapas region of Mexico by Chilean director Rolando Klein, focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible drought. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people from starvation with a Diviner who takes them far from their own land on a strange journey.

Chac is magical, mystical and intensely visual. A dazzling portrait of a Native American spiritual quest, Chac is a visionary masterpiece as powerful and revolutionary as Walkabout, El Topo and Aguirre: The Wrath of God.