Chac: The Rain God | Chicago Reader

Chac: The Rain God

This 1974 oddity, made by Chilean filmmaker Rolando Klein in the southern Mexican region of Chiapas, derives its fascinating plot from Mayan mythology: a small tribe beset by drought, whose shaman is better at getting drunk than bringing rain, approaches a solitary, mountain-dwelling diviner who's familiar with ancient ways. He agrees to help, leads the tribesmen on a seemingly miraculous walk across a waterfall to an ancient cave, and then prepares an elaborate ritual involving pure honey, large fires, and a spectacular chanting session. The performances by local villagers are very good, and Klein strives for a "feeling of timelessness" by avoiding handheld shots. Unfortunately, the film's visual style seems too close to the Western mainstream to convey the cultural differences that so fascinate him.


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