After the Silence


Edinburgh International Festival
Evenings 8pm
Running time:
1 hour 45 mins

Edinburgh International Festival

After The Silence


Director Christiane Jatahy fuses the qualities of cinema and theatre to explore structural racism and the legacy of slavery in her native Brazil.

After the Silence follows the struggles of three Afro-Brazilian women as they fight for their community, their land and their people. Christiane Jatahy’s powerful play is loosely based on Itamar Vieira Junior’s best-selling novel Torto Arado and the 1984 film from Eduardo Coutinho Cabramarcado para morrer. Both of which focus on violence and repression in Brazil.

Slavery and colonial violence are often relegated to the past; however, their repercussions are still deeply felt today. The impact tremors throughout society’s structures built on systemic racism and entrenched social inequalities.

Jatahy’s final play in her trilogy blends documentary footage from the Chapada Diamantina region, where the novel Torto Arado is set. On top of documentary filmmaking, Jatahy combines theatre with installation and breathes new life into a traditional art form. As a result, she creates something new, cerebral and captivating.

This artist is an indispensable voice for understanding the power of theatre that questions colonisation and patriarchy.

Tiago Rodrigues, director of the Festival d’Avignon, on Émilie Monnet

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