Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian badlands of the 1940s, Black God, White Devil explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism, and fear that gripped the country. The central characters, Manuel and Rosa, are on the run, and move credulously from allegiance to allegiance until they finally learn that the land belongs neither to god nor devil, but to the people themselves. The film’s storyline, somewhere between folk ballad and contemporary myth, contains a multitude of references to Brazilian history and culture.

  1. Glauber Rocha

    Director, Writer

  2. Paulo Gil Soares


  3. Walter Lima Jr.


Top Billed Cast

  1. Geraldo Del Rey

    Geraldo Del Rey


  2. Mauricio do Valle

    Mauricio do Valle

    Antônio das Mortes

  3. Yoná Magalhães

    Yoná Magalhães


  4. Othon Bastos

    Othon Bastos


  5. Lídio Silva


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Black God, White Devil
Black God, White Devil


Original Title Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

Status Released

Release Information

  • March 13, 1964


    Content suitable for viewers over the age of 18.

Original Language Portuguese

Runtime 2h 0m

Budget -

Revenue -



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