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The Poison People

Film investigates the Zuruaha tribe of the Brazilian Amazon and their responses when colonizers moved into their ancestral lands forcing them to abandon many of their cultural traditions. With the continued destruction of the rainforest, the people have been relocated to a small preserve and the remaining 138 villagers have become known as the poison people, because rather than witness the slow death of their tribe, the "bravest" commit suicide with the poison they manufacture for their hunting arrows. In Native dialects and Portuguese with English subtitles. 1991. 28 min.

The Posse. (Life; 15)

This episode is the story of a group of friends who call themselves "The Posse" who live in Sao Paulo, in one of Brazil's urban slums. The Posse is centered around a rap group whose songs explain the inequalities of life in Brazil today. Its members include schoolkids, the unemployed, social activists and university students. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

The Spirit of TV.

Shows how the Waiapi, a small and recently contacted Tupi-speaking group in far northern Brazil, have used videos to document their own cultural practices, to discover the existence of other Tupi-speaking groups they had not known about, and to receive the experience of other indigenous groups that have confronted common problems such as land rights. In Tupi and Portuguese with English subtitles. 1990. 18 min.

This is Not Your Life (South Series).

Tells the story of a Brazilian woman, Noeli Cavalheiro, randomly chosen by the director to tell her story of growing up in Brazil. 1991. 15 min.
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Video Cannibalism.

Shows the introduction of video technology to a small tribe of Brazilian natives, the Enauene-Naue Indians, and their use of the camera to create a motion picture of their own about native contact with gold prospectors. 1991. 18 min.

Video in the Villages (Video nas Aldeias).

A presentation of "The Video In the Villages Project" among the Indians of Brazil showing how four different groups (Nambiquara, Gaviao, Ticuna and Kaiapo) are utilizing video in different ways as an empowering tool in their fight to preserve their lands and ways of life. 1989. 10 min.

Voz ao vento: The Clandestine Waves of Brazil

Documentary examining the proliferation of "illegally broadcasting" community radio stations in Brazil and their social impact on the communities they serve. "In the state of Minas Gerais alone more than 5,000 community radios are broadcasting. Anything that's going on in the ghettos, street corners or favelas, It's going to be played on this station." Directed by Ignacio Agote. 2004. 48 min.

Waiapi Body Painting and Ornaments.

Documents the methods and cultural significance of body painting and ornamentation used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, who use this medium to express their myths and reinforce their sense of Waiapi identity. 1988. 19 min.

Waiapi Body Slash and Burn Cultivation.

Shows how the Waiapi Indians of Brazil use slash and burn cultivation to clear the rain forest in order to grow food. Cultivation techniques and taboos are linked to gender and parenthood roles. 1987. 24 min.