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The Feast

Examines the first stages of alliance formation between two mutually hostile Yanomamo Indian villages in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. Describes in detail the preparations for a feast involving the inhabitants of the villages and presents scenes of chanting, dancing, and trading at the feast. Producers, Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon. 1970. 29 min.

The Forbidden Land

Examines the struggle between the progressive Catholic Church in Brazil which is attempting to defend the rights of the landless peasants, and the Vatican, which is attempting to silence prominent Brazilian priests and bishops . 1989. 58 min.

The House of Life (Ile aiye).

Explores the ways in which Candomble, the African spirit cult of the Bahia region of Brazil, has influenced the daily life and culture of the people of Brazil in their music, art, religion, theater, food, dance and poetry. The rhythms of the sacred drums and bells, a dance of spiritual ecstasy, offerings and sacrifices, divination and the visitation of the Orishas (deities) through trance are all part of the color and life of Candomble. Includes ritual music recorded during ceremonies. A film by David Byrne. 1989. 51 min.

The Kayapo: Out of the Forest. (Disappearing World).

Documents the opposition of the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil to the construction of a hydroelectric dam at Altamira. Includes the demonstration by 600 Kayapo against the proposed dam and their success in stopping its construction. 1991. 52 min.

The Land Burns (La tierro quema)

Exposes the inequities of land ownership in Brazil - where 2% of the population owns 80% of the usable land. Here Juan Amaro and his family struggle to survive in drought-plagued northeastern Brazil. The family eventually migrates to the city. Written, directed, edited and produced by Raymundo Gleyzer. 1964. 12 min.

The Landless Workers Movement of Brazil

Composed primarily of footage from the documentary entitled "Raiz forte", this film explores the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, and the obstacles the rural poor face in their lawful, peaceful struggle for land reform. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.:Witness Project. 2001. 11 min.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 1 The Fate of the Kidnapper.

In 1979 the Brazilian government gave Chico Prestes a plot of land in the state of Rondonia, in the Western Amazon, in an area regularly hunted by the unknown Uru Eu Wau Wau tribe. One day Chico returned from the forest to find two sons killed and the youngest taken by the Indians. The resulting 18-year quest to determine the fate of this son highlights the Amazon as a battleground between Indians and invading colonists. 50 min.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 2 The Return From Extinction.

This film tells the remarkable recent history of the hiding Panara tribe, who fled into the deepest part of the Amazon forest. Through extraordinary footage from the 1960's, this film shows Claudio Villas Boas and his team from Brazil's Indian Protection Service as they make the first attempts to contact the Panara before a planned development road exposes them to 'civilization.' In spite of Claudio's efforts after the road is built, the tribe is virtually wiped out by diseases so with the aid of his brother Orlando, Claudio manages to fly 79 survivors out to the Xingu National Park.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 3 Fragments of People.

In 1983 four members of the Ava-Canoeiro tribe were contacted by a settler in the Serra de Mesa and taken into care by Brazil's Indian Agency. When the only woman of child-bearing age in this small remnant group gave birth to twins, the Indian Agency's Department for Unknown People began a search for another group of Ava-Canoeiro, rumored to be out in the scrubland, to provide potential mates for the two children so the tribe would not be doomed to extinction. 50 min.