Cabra Marcado para Morrer

Year1984 Duration119 min. DirectorEduardo Coutinho

Associate producers: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade y Vladimir Carvalho
Executive producer: Zelito Viana
Script: Eduardo Coutinho
Cinematography: Edgard Moura (1981) y Fernando Duarte (1964)
Cinematography assistant: Nonato Estrela
Direct sound: Jorge Saldanha
Edition: Eduardo Escorel
Music: Rogério Rossini
Narration: Ferreira Gullar, Tite de Lemos y Eduardo Coutinho
Production: Produções Cinematográficas Mapa Filmes y Eduardo Coutinho

In 1962, in the country city of Sapé, Paraíba, the peasant leader João Pedro Teixeira is executed by those affected by his attempt of organising the fieldworkers. In 1964, Eduardo Coutinho decided to make a movie recreating his life and the political ideas that led to his death. The shooting, featuring the peasants at Engenho Galiléia and João Pedro’s widow, Elizabeth Teixeira, was brought to a halt by the military coup d’etat on 31 March 1964. Seventeen years later, in 1981, Coutinho returned to the location to interview the survivors. The subject is now the lives of each of them, encouraged by the camera to review the images of the past. Elizabeth, who had gone into hiding in hinterland Rio Grande do Norte in 1964, had changed her name and was living with one of her ten children. The shooting took her out of her underground life and restored her identity as she struggled to rebuild her family life.


  • 1985 Foro de Cine Joven Festival de Berlín, Premio FIPRESCI e Interfilmç1985 Festival Cinéma du Réel, Gran Premio
  • 1985 Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tróia, Delfín de Oro
  • 1985 Festival de Cine Brasilero de Gramado, Premio Hors Concours
  • 1984 Festival de Río, Mejor Película Documental
  • 1984 Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana, Coral al Mejor Documental
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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