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Birdwatchers (2008)

BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 November 2008 (Brazil)
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When a tribe of indigenous Guarani Indians attempts to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner's fields, tensions escalate.

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Marco Bechis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claudio Santamaria ... Roberto
Alicélia Batista Cabreira Alicélia Batista Cabreira ... Lia
Chiara Caselli ... Beatrice
Pedro Abrísio da Silva Pedro Abrísio da Silva ... Osvaldo
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Dimas
Ambrósio Vilhava Ambrósio Vilhava ... Nádio
Ademilson Concianza Verga Ademilson Concianza Verga ... Irineu
Leonardo Medeiros ... Moreira - the farmer
Eliane Juca da Silva Eliane Juca da Silva ... Mami
Fabiane Pereira da Silva Fabiane Pereira da Silva ... Maria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taiane Arce Taiane Arce ... Kinha
César Chedid César Chedid ... Farmer
Temily Comar Temily Comar ... Maria's friend
Nelson Concianza Nelson Concianza ... Nhanderu
Luciane da Silva Luciane da Silva ... Rosália
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Storyline

A boat with tourists is sailing up the river through the jungle. Suddenly they come face-to-face with Indians, naked apart from their paint, with self-made weapons at the ready. The tourists sail on excitedly. The Indians put on their jeans and collect their daily wages. The Guarani, one of Brazil's oldest Indian communities, are forced to live in a reservation. A small group of Guarani decide to leave the reservation and settle in a traditional territory that has belonged to white men for several generations. The clash between two conflicting cultures is conceived as a suspense story with mystical elements. The actors are real Indians with no actor training. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | Guarani | English

Release Date:

28 November 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Birdwatchers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Company Credits

Production Co:

Classic,Rai Cinema,Karta Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Indian characters truly belong to the Indian tribe of Brasilia Guaraní-Kaiowá and the story describes how these people really suffer in our days. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Osvaldo: I won, you lost!
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Soundtracks

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
Published by K617
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Intelligent exploration of colonialism in the Amazon
22 December 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A band of indigenous tribes-people begin to camp out on the fringes of the land of a European descended farmer, whose land was once the tribe's burial ground.

There are places where the film seems to repeat itself, and could probably have been tighter, but the deliberate, hypnotizing pace helps captures the more spiritual life of the natives.

Some of the conflicts are obvious. What's more interesting is the curiosity and attraction each side also holds for the other in counterpoint to the anger and mistrust. Specifically sexually, but also as human beings.

The head of the European farm is a bit of a caricature, but many of the other characters are surprisingly complex for a film of such sparse dialogue and ultimately simple story.

This didn't blow me away emotionally, the way I think it intended to. I could see the political points coming a mile off. But as a document on how the clash of two cultures leaves marks and changes on both, it's pretty impressive.


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