Chac: Dios de la lluvia

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Chac: Dios de la lluvia
Directed byRolando Klein
Written byRolando Klein
Produced byRolando Klein
StarringPablo Canche Balam
Alonso Mendez Ton
Sebastian Santis
Pedro Tiez
CinematographyWilliam B. Kaplan
Álex Phillips Jr.
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Music byVictor Forzado
Elisabeth Waldo
Distributed byLibra Films Milestone Film & Video
Release date
  • 1975 (1975)
Running time
95 minutes
Mayan Languages

Chac: Dios de la lluvia, also released as Chac: the Rain God and simply Chac, is a 1975 film written and directed by Rolando Klein.

The film involves modern Maya peoples invoking the traditional rain deity Chaac.

The film is in the Maya languages. The majority of the cast speaks Tzeltal Maya, but one of the main actors, Pablo Canche Balam who plays the shaman, speaks Yukatek Maya. Alonso Méndez Ton, who plays the cacique, was born in the city of Tenejapa, in the state of Chiapas, where he collaborated in ethnographic research. He had finished his term as mayor of Tenejapa when the movie was made.

The film is referenced in Richard Kadrey's novel Aloha From Hell where it's called Las montañas del Gehenna (a title that appears nowhere else). The narrator's plot description is basically accurate though he does incorrectly call it a "Mexican spaghetti western".


  • Chac: The Rain God (1975/2002), Guide til Guatemala, Mikkel Møldrup-Lakjer, 07/09/2005
  • Chac: The Rain God, Film Notes, Newyork State - Writers Institute, 3 notable reviews (1. Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2000; 2. Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner, 7 July 2000; 3. Ian Jane - DVDtalk, June 2004), S. University of Newyork
  • Chac: The Rain God, Chicagoreader, Fred Camper, 26 October 1985

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