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Despite Epic Ambitions, Xingu is Flattened by 2D White Saviors

11 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

It's the Cinemanifest Destiny of courageous white people to save the natives of unexplored territories from the ravages of the other white people, who are historically greedy for land, gold, unobtainium, and slaves.

Xingu, directed by Cao Hamburger, is derived from the actual story of the Vilas-Bôas brothers who embarked on an exploration of unmapped central Brazil in 1943, making first contact with many previously unknown Indian civilizations.

They befriend the Xingu, becoming enraptured by the culture and generosity of the people. In voiceover, the most righteous of the three brothers, Claudio (João Miguel), says, "We knew we could only be free in the wild."

Unfortunately, it's the government in São Paulo that bankrolls the whole e »

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