Hans Staden

Synopsis: On the eve of his return to Europe after an extended involuntary stay in 16th-century Brazil, the German sailor Hans Staden is captured by a hostile cannibal Indian tribe. In order to survive he tries to convince the Indians that he is not Portuguese (their enemies) but a friend of the French (their allies), and that his God would be very angry if they were to eat him.
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I made two journeys

to the New World.

On the first, in 1548...

I went to the

Brazilian Northeast.

On the second,

in 1550...

I crossed the Ocean again.

We were shipwrecked off

the coast of Santa Catarina...

southern Brazil.

After two years, I managed

to arrive in So Vicente...

a Portuguese village.

The Portuguese employed me

as an artilleryman...

at Fort Bertioga,

next to So Vicente.

I had spent two years

at the fort.

I was going to return

to Europe in a few days...

to be rewarded by

the King of Portugal...

for services rendered

in the colony.

Let's see if you

escape now...

you damned black native!

y ou're going to die,


In January of 1554...

I was looking for my slave,

an Indian called Guar-miri...

who had gone hunting

and had not returned.

Soon I spotted a cross,

our sign...

to talk to the Indians

of the region...

the Tupiniquins,

who were our allies.

Being close to the fort...

I decided to inquire about

my slave Guar-miri.





SeiZe the Portuguese.

SeiZe him!

Let's kill him and

share out the meat.

I touched him first.

He's mine.

He's going to my village.

He'll go to Ubatuba.

First the women

must play with him.

Have a good trip.

Speak, food!

Speak, food!

I'm arriving, me,

your food.

I'm arriving, me,

your food!

Here comes our food,


Let's eat the Portuguese!

Let's eat the Portuguese!

Nha'epep-asu and

Alkindar-miri were my owners.

They said I was going to be

a gift for Ipir-gua...

who had given them

an enemy as a present...

as proof of friendship.

The two brothers

had promised to give him...

the first enemy

they would capture.

I was the first enemy.

Shis land is ours!

She maracs told us that

we would catch a Portuguese.

Shese objects have no power.

Shey lie.

Shey lie about me

being Portuguese.

It is you who is lying!

I am a friend of the French

and my country is Hesse.


y ou were among the Portuguese,

sworn enemies of the French.

She French always come

and bring us goods.

Shey are our friends.

It is different with

the Portuguese.

Shey became friends of the

S upiniquins, our major enemies.

Ever since then, they have

captured our people for barter.

Our friends went aboard as

we still do with the French.

She Portuguese

tied them up and...

gave them to the S upiniquins,

who devoured them.

Shey came with

the S upiniquins...

to battle against us

and make us their slaves.

She Portuguese shot off our

father's arm, and he died.

We are going to revenge

his death on you.

y ou can't take revenge on me.

I'm not Portuguese.

I came with the Spaniards

to So Vicente.

We were shipwrecked. So I

stayed with the Portuguese.


My son, tell your story.

Some time ago,

I was in a village...

attacked by

the S upiniquins.

Shey devoured the elders...

and gave some of

the younger Indians.

I was bought by a Portuguese

from Bertioga.

I lived among them until

I was captured again.

Shis time by the S upinambs.

I wasn't eaten...

and now I'm here.

Do you know this man?

I met him when

I lived in Bertioga.

-ls he a Frenchman?

-I don't know.

Is it true that he arrived

in So Vicente?

A ship arrived

in So Vicente.

Shey were the Spaniards,

friends of the Portuguese.

I know nothing else

about him.

I'm a friend of

the French.

Shey always come

to barter with you.

I heard you have

a Frenchman...

living among you

picking peppers.

When the Frenchman

comes here...

he'll be able

to identify me.

y ou must not kill me.

y ou'd better pray

to your God.

Almighty God, Lord of Heaven

and Earth, who...

from the beginning

hath listened to men.

Have mercy upon me.

Show me that thou art

with me.

Show these wild pagans

who know nothing, my God...

that thou hath

heard my prayer.

Am I going to die now?

No, not yet.

I want to die

with my beard.

y ou aren't going

to die yet.

Do you think

he likes to play?

What's it like to play

with all this hair?

Let's play

in the hammock?

Let's play

in the hammock?

Do you want

to play with me?

y ou and me

in the hammock?

Oh! y ou don't know how much

we missed you!

Do you know that

little baby I had?

He died, and he suffered

so much!

Now we are happy because

you have returned.

It's good knowing

how much you like us.

-y ou have arrived.

-I have arrived in peace.

Karuat-ara is our friend.

y es, I am a friend

of the S upinambs.


Come with me.

Who are you? y ou say that

you are a Frenchman.

Can you speak our language,

or are you an impostor?

Answer and you will be

considered a Frenchman.

Do you speak our language?

Are you French?

Who is our King?

Where do we anchor

our ships in France?

y ou can kill

and eat this man.

He is a Portuguese,

your enemy and mine.

I'm not Portuguese.

I'm from Hesse.

S ell them that

we are friends.

S ell them not to eat me.

Shey want to eat you.

Wretched is he

who believes in men.

He is a real Portuguese.

See how he screams. Faced

with death, he is afraid.

Why don't you eat?

My tooth hurts very much.

Open your mouth and

I'll pull your tooth.

It doesn't hurt anymore,

it doesn't hurt anymore.

If you don't eat,

you'll become ill.

So we'll have to kill you

before your time is due.

She S upiniquim witch doctor

has arrived. Let's see him.

If he is a S upiniquim, he is

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