NO KINGSEmilia MELLO
In a place where conventional structures of authority fall away, a tomboy hurtling towards womanhood treads the water between urban and traditional life.
An ode to nature and human relations, No Kings explores the freedom of a hidden community descended from indigenous people, escaped African slaves and European pirates. Beyond roads and electricity, 150 miles from Rio, this is a place where fishing, carving canoes, and building clay walled houses by hand are still a vital part of daily life. What begins as a simple ethnography becomes a deeply personal journey and a rolling visual exploration of how we love, and live, on earth. A tomboy hurtling towards womanhood, a fiercely independent single mother, and a doubtful sea captain carry on at the edge of the sea, in a liminal space between urban and traditional life. The director starts to ask herself: What freedoms are found when the bounds of authority defined by urban society fall away?