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Chac (1975)

Chac: Dios de la lluvia (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 24 November 1976 (France)
Unique story of a village's attempts to solve drought by appealing to the powers of a mysterious mountain-dwelling diviner.


Rolando Klein


Rolando Klein

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Cast overview:
Pablo Canche Balam Pablo Canche Balam ... The Diviner
Alonzo Mendez Ton Alonzo Mendez Ton ... The Cacique
Sebastian Santis Sebastian Santis ... Mute Boy
Pedro Tiez Pedro Tiez ... Father
Antonio Osil Antonio Osil ... Principale
Antonio Ton Antonio Ton ... Principale
Alonso Puj Alonso Puj ... Principale
Antonio Castellanos Antonio Castellanos ... First Captain


A very unique and incredible film, Rolando Klein made it in 1974 after spending two years living among the Tzeltal Indians of Chiapas, collecting stories, events, and anecdotes from their culture. A graduate of UCLA film school and of Chilean birth, Klein "returned to his Hispanic roots" at the urging of director and mentor Jules Dassin in 1972. A village is experiencing a drought detrimental to their crops and, resultantly, their survival. After only failure comes from consultation with their usual shaman, they attempt to gain aid from a mysterious diviner living in the mountains, who is said to practice the ancient ways forgotten by all else in the village. After securing his help, the diviner leads twelve tribesmen on a long journey as part of the rain-bringing ceremony. Eventually they return to the village to enact the ceremony proper, and incredible events ensue. In the meantime, there is always skepticism of the diviner's abilities; indeed, he might be merely bewitching the ... Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@yahoo.com>

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Adventure | Drama


Not Rated



Mexico | Panama


Tzotzil | Maya

Release Date:

24 November 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chac See more »

Filming Locations:

Tenejapa, Chiapas, Mexico

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A movie in Mayan languages.....
4 June 2005 | by cycleguySee all my reviews

There is no Spanish usage here. The language of the villagers is Tzeltal. When the men of the village go on a short quest with a shaman into the Lacandon Jungle, you can hear Lacandon/Yucatec in greetings and interactions with local indigenous people.

There were brief shots of Palenque too, as if they were near there while being deep in jungle.

The actor playing the shaman has a classic Maya face. It is the sort that is on many ancient stelae. I fully expected to find that he had done other roles, but did not succeed in finding any such evidence. I found it annoying that the credits listed none of the Lacandons who were in the film.

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