In the State of Bahia, Brazil, an educated black man named Firmino returns to his home fishing village to try and free people from mysticism, in particular the Candomblé religion, which he considers a factor of political and social oppression, with tragic outcome. Aruan, a young man, is not able to have sexual relationships. Firmino decides to illustrate that even Aruan is a man like every one else, and gets the help of a prostitute, who goes after the young man. After the two have slept together, he loses his power and brings bad luck to his people. Aruan emigrates to the city while the prostitute kills herself.
In Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, the dying author and journalist Paulo reports about his problems. He has always been vacillating between two opposite equally corrupt political candidates: the politician Don Porfirio and the governor Don Felipe Vieira. Vieira, supported by church, broke his election pledges. The mystical Diaz had been supported by Don Julio Fuentes and the media. Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be.
Regie: Glauber Rocha
115 min, 35mm, s/w, OF mit dt. UT