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River Silence

Rogério Soares
2019 | 90 min

Selections and Awards

  • Honourable Mention for DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada) 2019

  • Official SelectionDocsMx (Mexico, Mexico) 2019

  • Selección oficialDoqumenta (Querétaro, Mexico) 2019

  • Official SelectionBergen internasjonale filmfestival (Norway) 2019

  • Official SelectionFilms from the South (FFS) (Oslo, Norway) 2019

  • Official SelectionFIFAC, Festival international du film documentaire Amazonie/Caraïbes (Saint Laurent du Maroni, Guyane) 2019

  • Official SelectionAnthropological Film Festival (Jerusalem, Israel) 2019

  • Official SelectionAtlantidoc - Festival internacional de cine documental de Uruguay (Canelones, Uruguay) 2019

  • Official SelectionFilm 4 Climate (Guadalajara, Mexico)

  • Official SelectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival, 2020

  • Crystal Hornbill for Best Documentary Rain International Nature Film Festival (Kerala, India) 2020

  • Official SelectionRendez-Vous Québec Cinéma (Montréal, Canada) 2020



About the film

Director's Statement


Promotional Materials


Image from Production
Photo: Image from Production

Fishermen struggling to live a sustainable life along the Xingu River.

The deterioration of the Xingu River, once a generous and healthy watercourse.
Image from Production
Photo: Image from Production

The children of Tamakwera, in Altamira, Brazil.


Rogério Soares
Writer, Director

Photo : Katie McKay

Bob Moore
Producer (EyeSteelFilm)


Annette Clarke
Producer (NFB)

Photo : NFB


Written and directed by
Rogério Soares 

Glauco Bermudez
Aldo Oviedo Tejo

Ryan Mullins

Nicole Lizée

Sound Design
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Benoît Dame
Jeremie Jones

Featuring (in order of appearance)

Raimunda Gomes da Silva
Tamakwera  Parakanã
Karliane Lopes de Souza
Francinete Pinto Novaes
Ana Paula Pinto Novaes


Mandui Parakanã
Anduí Parakanã
Tutui Parakanã
Tutuia Parakanã
Maraduia Parakanã
Risonei da Silva
Fernanda Félix de Abreu
Maria Vanusa Baca da Silva
Leidiane Araújo Lopes
Adalberto Rodrigues
Humberto Lopes da Cunha
Halberto Henrique Lopes da Cunha
Halbert Lopes da Cunha
Amanda Gabryelle Lopes da Cunha
João Lucas Gomes de Lima
João  Pereira da Silva
Vinicius Gomes da Silva
Andressa Pinto Novaes
Dione Madson
Matricia Cristina
Odair Oliveira
Musicians and dancers from Boi Faceiro in São Caetano de Odivelas

Line Producer
Valerie Shamash

Associate Producer
Katie McKay

Field Producer in Brazil
Patricia Lio

Location Sound
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Victor Arturo Jaramillo Quevedo

Assistant Editor
Rafael Favero

Additional Editing
Lessandro Sócrates

Additional Camera
Cezar Azevedo
Ricardo Matias

Additional Camera (Drone)
Adrio Denner Santos de Sousa
Bruno da Veiga Menezes

Research and Rights Supervisor
Edmund Duff

Post Production Supervisor
Victor Sandrasagra

Post Production Coordinator
Hamed (Ed) Aleali

Post Production Assistant
Huei Lin

On-Line Editor
Serge Verreault

Title Design
Cynthia Ouellet

Foley Artist
Stéphane Cadotte

Assistant Foley
Maya Kuroki

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Isabelle Lussier

Digital Editing Technicians
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

Sound technician
Bernard Belley

Additional VFX
Hamed (Ed) Aleali

Rafael Favero

Rafael Favero
Rogério Soares

Nicole Lizée – Vocals, Strings, Percussion
Ben Reimer – Percussion
Jennifer Thiessen – Strings

Music Editor
Benoît Dame

Distribution and Marketing
Camille Jacques

Rebecca West

Robert Hingley

NFB – Québec Atlantic Studio

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinators
Jean-Francois Laprise
Daniel Lord
Christopher MacIntosh

Production Coordinators
Christine Williams
Larissa Christoforo

Marketing Manager
Johanna Lessard

Patricia Dillon-Moore

Studio Administrators
Camila Blos
Leslie Poyntz

Legal Counsel
Dominique Aubry
Peter Kallianiotis

Annette Clarke (NFB)
Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm)

Executive Producers
Mila Aung-Thwin
Daniel Cross

Executive Producer, TVO
Jane Jankovic

Production Executive, TVO
Linda Fong

TVO – VP Current Affairs and Documentaries
John Ferri

NFB Executive Producer Quebec Atlantic Studio
Annette Clarke

NFB Executive Director English Program
Michelle van Beusekom

Coproduced by the National Film Board of Canada and EyeSteelFilm

Produced in association with TVO

Media Relations

  • About EyeSteelFilm

    Daniel Cross spent six years making his first film, THE STREET (1997). The arduous production process alternated between filming on Montreal’s gritty streets with the local homeless population, and trying to ‘find’ precious 16mm film (i.e., he had to beg, borrow and steal). As a result, ‘EyeSteelFilm’ was chosen as a company name by founders Daniel and Mila Aung-Thwin, during the making of S.P.I.T. Squeegee Punks in Traffic in 1998. The production of that film involved sharing a camera with homeless Squeegee Punk/co-director Eric “Roach” Denis, setting the tone for the company’s interactive, inclusive direct filmmaking ethos. As EyeSteelFilm began expanding, Bob Moore joined as a partner with a deft focus on international co-producing. Today, EyeSteelFilm looks to work with engaged, like-minded filmmakers from around the world who seek to engage with reality using the language of documentary cinema.


  • About the NFB

    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.