Las Hurdes

We were only able to film these virtual savages with the help...
...of a friend from Las Hurdes, who acted as intermediary.
One day we saw a group of people in front of a doorway.
A child has just died.
The mother.
A death is one of the rare events in these miserable villages.
The women gather at the house of the deceased.
It's hard to transport a corpse.
Most villages don't have a cemetery.
They have to take this child to the cemetery in Nunomoral.
We decided to follow.
The body was placed on a trough...
...and carried for several miles through the thickets.
If the dead person is an adult...
...the body is tied to a ladder
and carried to the cemetery.

It's a journey that can take hours.
Crossing a river with a corpse.
Despite the misery in which the Hurdanos live...
...their moral and religious sense is the same...
... as anywhere else in the world.