Directed by LAB editor Nayana Fernandez, the video tells the story of the Munduruku people, who live in Pará state in the Brazilian Amazon, and their struggle to defend the land they have long inhabited along the Tapajós river and its tributaries.
‘The Munduruku Indians: Weaving Resistance’ has already been previewed in a number of European countries, with the screenings arranged with the support of indigenous and human rights campaigners, LAB partners and individuals, as part of a drive to increase awareness of the Munduruku struggle. Many people in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Vienna, Graz and Zürich have expressed indignation about what is happening and expressed interest in actively supporting the Munduruku and other forest peoples in their attempt to halt Brazil’s overly ambitious plans for hydroelectric energy expansion.
Although President Dilma Rousseff brought about some progressive changes in her first government, particularly in the area of social welfare, her government was a bitter disappointment to indigenous and traditional peoples in the Amazon. Now that she has been re-elected, most indigenous and traditional peoples believe that advances will only be achieved through struggle.
The Portuguese version of the video will also be released on Monday on Brazil’s major indigenous rights campaign website: Índio é Nós. Different groups all over Brazil, have also expressed interest in arranging public screenings of the video where the issues raised can be debated.
Screenings in Brazil and abroad will be publicised on the social network platforms for the project:
Watch the trailer here: