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South America

Waterfall of the Jaguars (Iauaretê)

Leaders of the Tariano Indians of the northwestern Amazon region of Brazil undertake a cultural revitaliation project after many decades of Christian missionization, revisiting their sacred places and reconstructing an old ceremonial house. A film by Vincent Carelli. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 48 min.

We Gather As a Family (Eu Ja Fui Seu Irmao).

Indians from the Kokrenum and Kraho villages in the Para state of Brazil, come together to encourage their youth to celebrate and conserve their cultural heritage by experiencing an initiation ceremony. Among other things, the ceromony consists of singing, body-painting, and preparations for the long, trenuous relay race through the savanna carrying and passing huge logs shoulder-to-shoulder. 1993. 32 min.

White Gold, Black Market (Commodities; 1:1)

A dramatization set during the 1630's which tells of the initial rise of sugar through the story of one Dutch merchant who takes over a Portuguese sugar plantation in Brazil. Obsessed with the development of a profitable sugar plantation, the Dutchman also becomes the master of African slaves. After 1654 the Dutch withdrew from Brazil and encouraged British planters in Barbades to grow sugar. Thus sugar, along with slavery, spread to the Caribbean. 1986. 26 min.
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Wholes (South series)

A humorous and scathing satire of the social ills plaguing Sao Paulo, Brazil through the metaphor of potholes. 1991. 10 min.
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With the Poor of the Earth

This documentary graphically shows the contradiction between the 80 percent of Venezuelans who live in poverty and the vast potential wealth of that country. The ongoing revolutionary process is examined from its beginnings in the 1980s to first anniversary of the April 2002 coup against the democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez Frias. The role of the U.S. government and the media is also highlighted.

Women of El Planeta= Mujeres del Planeta. (As Women See It)

Women of the squatter settlement of El Planeta in Lima, Peru discuss their lives and problems. Depicts their efforts to make better lives for themselves and their families despite the hostility and indifference of the government and the upper class. 1982. 30 min.

Yanomami: A Multi-disciplinary Study.

Describes the field techniques and findings of teams from such disciplines as human genetics, anthropology, epidemiology, dentistry, linguistics, and medicine as they conduct a biological-anthropological study of the Yanoama Indians in the jungles of Venezuela and Brazil. Shows many details of Yanomamo life and culture and assesses the impact of acculturation on social and genetic patterns. 1970. 43 min.

Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame.

Follows an expedition of explorers as they make contact with the Yanomami Indians of Brazil who are considered to be the last Stone Age tribe in the Amazon. Considers the social and ecological consequences to the Yanomami people as outside developers continue to encroach upon their habitat. 1992. 58 min.

[Waiapi] Caxiri or Manioc Beer.

Examines the role of caxiri, a native beer, in the social and cultural life of the Waiapi Indians of Brazil. An important part of Waiapi life, caxiri is imbibed daily by men, women and children. This documentary describes the preparation of caxiri, as well as its use in community festivals and celebrations. 1988. 39 min.

[Waiapi] Music, Dance and Festival Among the Waiapi Indians of Brazil.

Examines five Waiapi Indian festivals and shows the importance of manioc beer in the festivals, the variety of musical instruments and songs, and how Waiapi identity and societal order are reinforced by these communal celebrations. 1988. 39 min.