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Warsaw Film Festival
O gloriosa virginum
Composed by Domenico Zipoli
Performed by Coro de niños cantores de Córdoba, Affetti Musicali (Buenos Aires) and Ensemble Elyma
Conducted by Gabriel Garrido
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Argentinian master director Marco Bechis has made a brilliant film about people who have been deprived of their own rights.
The opening aerial shot of virgin Amazon forest with white people going for a boat ride to enjoy their bird watching trip would either jolt viewers to take notice of things to come or would make sensible people believe that what they are watching is not cinema but harsh reality which they cannot hardly choose to ignore.A modern day visual masterpiece about the daily struggle to survive by Guaraní-Kaiowá people,"Birdwatchers" can rightly be summarized as a white man's assault against Indian people.Due to Marco Bechis' controlled direction one can feel tremendous energy in the never ending game of life and death which takes place at a time when native Indian people are staking politically correct claims on their ancient lands.It is precisely this aspect of Marco Bechis' film which brings it closer to "Wo Die Gruenen Ameisen Trauemen" directed by legendary German director Werner Herzog.As Marco Bechis has set his film in Amazon rain forest zone,it is quite inevitable that comparisons will surely be made with films like Aguirre,Der Zorn Gottes directed by legendary genius Werner Herzog and "The Emerald Forest" directed by veteran John Boorman. However,Marco Bechis' film is quite different from these films as he has given human face to all tricky questions related to the existence and day to day survival of Indian people.This is the reason why issues of modernity, urbanism and consumerism have all been nicely tackled in this film.
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