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BIRDWATCHERS (La terra degli uomini rossi)
Golden Lion Venice Film Fest
"A considerable achievement...it is always emotionally engaging, thought-provoking and informed" -TimeOut London
"Absorbing and affecting" -The Guardian UK
"Thought-provoking" -Spirituality and Practice
"Unsentimental and fiercely intelligent... its tonal complexity, compelling performances and precise evocations of the spirit world are a far cry from the liberal campaigning film a viewer might expect" -Sight & Sound
"Impressively filmed" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "Birdwatchers harks back to politically aware 1960s Brazilian cinema in its piercing slant on that country's history" -NewCity Chicago
"Engaging... The deeper into the film we get, the richer the characters become, complicating what at first seems like a lecture on the continuing evil of colonialism" -TimeOut Chicago
In Mato Grosso do Sul, in the midwest of Brazil, the farmers who lead a wealthy and leisurely existence have huge fields, as well as hordes of tourists who come for bird watching. The Guarani-Kaiowá, the indigenous people who really own the land, are now confined to a nearby reservation and are paid to stand naked along the shores of the river in face paint to provide thrills for the visitors. Fed up with their officially-imposed financial and spiritual impoverishment, which has led to a wave of suicides, tribal leader Nadio and a local shaman organize a protest on former Guarani property that is now occupied by the deeply unsympathetic farmer Moreira and his cruel wife. As the two opposing worlds meet in an uneasy confrontation, a deep bond develops between the shaman's young apprentice, Osvaldo, and the farmer's bikini-clad daughter. Casting local non- professionals, director Marco Bechis draws out performances that effectively highlight the sharp clash between tyranny and a profoundly spiritual and ancient culture connected to nature. As the myths and realities of daily life are highlighted by striking visual contrasts of vast cultivated fields and lush forests and riverbeds, the two irreconcilable sides engage in metaphorical and actual war fueled by poverty and fear. Directed by Marcho Bechis, Italy/Brazil, 2008, 35mm, 108 mins.