Two recent films made by Guajajara people show how cinema allies with indigenous groups to confront the environmental destruction underway in Brazil. Guardians of the Forest follows a large group of young Guajajara, Awá-Guajá, Ka'apor, and Tupi-Guarani peoples assembled to resist the constant and increasing invasion of their lands by loggers and land grabbers (grileiros). Where Guardians makes the devastation visible on screen, depicting a growing concentration of forces on the verge of a violent outbreak, The History of Chants is dedicated to the mysteries of the preserved forest, experienced like the modulations of a chant, the paths of a dream, the breath of a shaman.
Confronting Devastation: The Guardian Cinema of the Guajajara People
André Brasil is a professor in the Department of Media and Communication (Federal University of Minas Gerais), where he integrates the Graduate Program and participates in the Poetics of Experience Research Group. With a PhD in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil was visiting scholar at the Center for Media, History and Culture (New York University, 2015-2016). He is one of the editors of the journal Devires– Cinema e Humanidades and integrates the pedagogical team of the Transversal Formation in Traditional Knowledge at UFMG.
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André Brasil; Confronting Devastation: The Guardian Cinema of the Guajajara People. Film Quarterly 8 December 2020; 74 (2): 26–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.74.2.26
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