Film review: Munduruku Indians: Weaving Resistance

Nayana’s Fernandez film is about the struggle of the Munduruku Indians to protect their sacred lands against the construction of a series of hydroelectric dams. The Munduruku are about 12 thousand Indians living by the Tapajós river in the Brazilian Amazon.

Location of the Tapajós river and where floodings are planned. Source: Film ' Munduruku Indians: Weaving Resistance

” If these dams are built in the Tapajós river, the lives and history of the ones who live in this region are in great danger. Their history is not written down, it is in places along the river, so if you destroy these places, all references to their memory are gone ” – explains Bruna Rocha PHD student in the Archeology of the Tapajós river region.

The film shows the exact location where the dams are planned along the Tapajós river and some of its tributaries, as well as Teles Pires dam. There is where the Seven Fall rapids ( Sete Quedas) are located, a sacred place not only for the Munduruku but also to the Kaiabi and Apiacás groups.

The Munduruku have attended to the ‘public consultations’ carried out by the Brazilian government around the sites where the dams will be constructed, and the film reveals them to be a sorry affair.

” I felt I was witnessing the takeover of the town by an occupying power ” – describes Sue Branford, journalist who traveled with Nayana to the region, in this article about their visit to the event.

The film shows powerful statements about the tragic consequences of their resistance, including those from two Munduruku chiefs and two female warriors, who had been to a demonstration against the giant Belo Monte dam.

Sete Quedas rapids (Seven Falls). Source: http://projetoriotelespires.blogspot.fr

Beyond the depth and importance of the subject, the film director weaves the topic with poetic images of the Indian’s daily tasks, shared in community, their simple lifestyle and their expression of love and respect for nature.

With wonderful narration of Sue Branford, also editor of Latin American Bureau, ‘Munduruku Indians: Weaving Resistance’ is also leading to a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to help Nayana to release her film, and to build a web platform to support the Munduruku Indians on their journey to strength resistance and to increase solidarity from all peoples, to their cause.

For more information contact: naya@mirapora.com

Munduruku Indians protesting at a 'Public Consultation' session. Source: Nayana Fernandez

Film review writen by Alicia Bastos

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