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Brave New Land (2000)
"Brava Gente Brasileira" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  19 January 2001 (Brazil)
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A young Portuguese cartographer in the 18th century finds new forms of love, war and a wild new world in an expedition into South American heart.

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Credited cast:
Diogo Infante ...
Diogo de Castro e Albuquerque
Floriano Peixoto ...
Capitão Pedro
Luciana Rigueira ...
Ánote
Leonardo Villar ...
Comandante
Buza Ferraz ...
Antônio
Murilo Grossi ...
Alfonso (Spanish priest)
Sérgio Mamberti ...
Priest
Adeílson Silva ...
Januya
Hilário Silva ...
Chefe Kadiwéu
Vanessa Marcelino ...
Anoã
Sandra Silva ...
Anoã's mother
William Soares ...
Anoã's father
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Vânia Matchua Leite ...
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Edna Marcelino ...
Anoã's sister
Alvanir Matchua ...
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Diogo is a cartographer and artist who is encharged to set the new frontiers of Portuguese Colonies in South America. When he reaches the center of the continent, finds apparently nothing but wilderness and 'uncivilized' natives with strange ways of living. But Captain Pedro, the rude scout who guides him through the jungle, involves Diogo in an involuntary act of violence which will tie him in an unusual way to that far away country. At the same time, the Portuguese colonists are trying to make peace with Guaicuru Indians (one of the few natives with horse-riding abilities). But peace doesn't ever have a low price. Written by Pedro Aguiar <aguiar@geocities.com>

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How South America's "West Was Won
5 February 2001 | by (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Finally, a South American Western showing the cruel realities of how its West was won. In this case, the film highlights how the Portuguese pushed further west into erstwhile Spanish lands to expand Brazil beyond the Line of Demarcation between Spanish and Portuguese America established by the Pope. The action takes place at the close of the 18th Century. Portuguese nobles, Brazilian-born Creoles (including the New Christians (Converted Jews sent to Brazil to populate the colony), and the Catholic clergy conspired to virtually wipe out Indian tribes, while "Westernizing" the landscape. It's an interesting history lesson, and an entertaining film. It features beautiful landscapes, and a supporting cast composed of many of the surviving "Indians" from the area. Unusual and worth a look.


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