The Fish

  • Documentary Film
  • Brazil


Fishermen from a village on the northeast coast of Brazil are invited by the artist to perform a ritual of embracing the fish that they have caught. Face to face with the camera, the men calm the prey through an ambiguous sequence of gestures marked by affection, solidarity and violence. The utopian harmony of the community with its surroundings points to the lack of connection between man and nature. The affectionate gestures that accompanies the passage of death in the proposed ritual, are a testament to the limit of a relationship between species that is imbued with strength and domination. The images rescue a documental attribute that emphasizes the ambivalence between art and ethnography and invites the viewer to participate in the positions of power involved in the ritual, challenging the notion of reality, fiction, desire and social imagery. This film has been made with a group of fishermen of Piaçabuçu and Coruripe, by the river São Francisco and the sea.

Title The Fish
Director Jonathas de Andrade
Genre Documentary Film Short Film
Release Date 04.12.2021
  • Brazil
Color Format
  • Color



Jonathas de Andrade
Pedro Urano
Ricardo Pretti Tita
Rachel Daisy Ellis Jennifer Lange
Mauricio d’Orey Paul Hill


Carlos Dos Santos (Menezes)
Main Character
Cícero Dos Santos (Ciço)
Main Character
Cipriano Batista Alves (Cipriano)
Main Character
Genivaldo Santos De Lima (Irmão)
Main Character
Gileno Cândido Bezerra (Leno)
Main Character
José Ailton Almeida De Liza (Xau)
Main Character
José Dalmo Dos Santos (Curió)
Main Character
José Elenildo Oliveira Dos Santos (Keno)
Main Character
Romerig Francisco Dos Santos (Rom)
Main Character
Ronaldo Vieira Santos (Ronaldo)
Main Character


Jonathas de Andrade

  • Director
  • Brazil
Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brasil) lives and works in Recife, Brazil. He develops videos, photographs and installations based on the production of images and texts, employing strategies that juxtapose fiction and reality, tradition and negotiation with local communities. Parting from the …


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