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Keynote Speaker: Alessandra Santos, Latin American Studies Program, UBC


Occupying the lush Amazon rainforest in what is now the Brazilian state of Rondônia, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people have lived in balance with the world for millennia, hunting, fishing, and developing their unique language, culture, and traditions. When the tribe made first contact with outsiders in the early 1980s, disease quickly decimated their numbers from thousands to just under 200, prompting the Brazilian government to establish the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous Territory. But now, the tribe’s land, sovereignty, and very existence is under grave attack: what was once vast territory is a dwindling island of rainforest surrounded by illegally established farms, the rich woodland turned into dry, arid land. Surrounded by illegal homesteaders eager to act out their dreams of Manifest Destiny who are protected by an increasingly authoritarian government whose rhetoric is driving the murder of indigenous peoples, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau are driven to drastic measures to protect the tribe. Led by energetic youth Bitate, chosen at the tender age of 18 to help lead the people, and aided by the impassioned activism of longtime ally Neidiha, the community turns to modern technology to turn the tide of destruction and bring about a hard-won ray of hope in this impassioned new documentary largely filmed by the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, from director Alex Pritz and producer Darren Aronofsky.


Alex Pritz

Country of Origin





In Brazilian Portuguese and Tupi-Kawahiva with English subtitles

85 min

Book Tickets

Thursday February 23

3:20 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Darren Aronofsky, Sigrid Dyekjær, Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett, Alex Pritz


Alex Pritz, Tangãi Uru-eu-wau-wau


Carlos Rojas Felice

Original Music

Katya Mihailova

Art Director

Hodja Diallo Berlev

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