Striking Land

Terra que marca

  • Raul Domingues
  • Portugal
  • 2022
  • 66 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Paradocs

Plowing, furrowing, sowing, hoeing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting. In Portugal, parts of the countryside are still worked by hand and using classic machinery, by a population that is increasingly aging. With neither commentary nor music, Striking Land shows the intimate relationship between those who cultivate the land and forests traditionally and the precious earth itself. In return for the love and patience they devote to their work, they receive food, building materials and beauty.

The camera follows the central figures attentively and precisely, but never intrusively, capturing weathered faces, tanned and wrinkled arms clasping tools, as well as fertile fields of corn and potatoes, lush forests and flowing waters. The sounds of repetitive, almost meditative actions become a kind of heartbeat of nature. To the slow rhythm of this heartbeat, a harmonious life of give and take unfolds, with respect for all living things.


  • 66 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Portuguese
  • Subtitles in: English
Raul Domingues
Ico Costa for Oublaum Filmes, Krzysztof Dabrowski for Etnograf Filmes, João Matos for Terratreme Filmes
Raul Domingues
Raul Domingues
Raul Domingues

IDFA history

Dutch Premiere

Share this film

Print this page

IDFA history

This website uses cookies.

By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

 here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies