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KANUA: the first floating film festival to navigate the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Kanua, the Amazonian Floating Film Festival, brought cinema to remote communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon on a solar-powered canoe.

Kopenawa, Krenak, Kayapo

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Brazil's Indigenous leaders are at last being recognized, reports Jan Rocha. But will anything really change in their 500-year-old struggle, as Brazil's Congress continues to defend the interests that seek to annihilate them?

Ailton Krenak: Samba to portray our vision

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Brazilian Indigenous leader Ailton Krenak is made a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Meanwhile Samba schools at Carnival gave voice to Indigenous and Black peoples

‘Eureka’ is a reflection on oppression and a sensorial ride into...

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Lisandro Alonso's film, 'Eureka,' intricately weaves together three distinct plots set in different parts of the Americas over different eras, presenting us with challenging and thought-provoking transitions across various genres.

Brazil: Coup and Carnival

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Brazilian police and the Supreme Court have released a video showing Bolsonaro plotting to deny the results of the presidential election and mount a coup. The leading Samba schools in this year's carnivals, by contrast, highlighted the lives of Indigenous Peoples and the culture of black Brazil

Carnival: Afro-Brazil meets Indigenous Amazon

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In developing its carnival theme, the Salgueiro samba school drew on the knowledge of Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa, whose visit to the Rio de Janeiro community forged a bridge between favela and forest, reviving the transgressive power of Brazil’s most popular festival.

Laura Citarella’s thrilling and mysterious ’Trenque Lauquen’

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Trenque Lauquen, the second solo work (and third feature after Dog Lady, co-directed with Verónica Llinás in 2015) from Argentine director Laura Citarella, is a beautifully complex treatise on...

Lila Avilés’ ‘Tótem’ brims with light and life

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Taking place over the course of one fraught day, Totém immerses the audience in the world of seven-year-old Sol, as her family prepares for...

Staying true to the victims of the Argentine dictatorship

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This new documentary by Ulises de la Orden takes us to the heart of the courtroom using original footage from Argentina’s post-dictatorship trials. The...

The Amazon: rivers of life, circles of learning 3

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In the last of three articles, Dan Baron continues his reliving of the Backyard Drums as it evolves into the AfroRaiz Collective, coordinators of the Rios de Encontro community arts education project based in Cabelo Seco, the 'poor' founding village of Marabá, Pará, in the Brazilian Brazil. Tensions flare among the young people, as they ‘learn to listen: to learn, rather than to gossip and slash the wings of those who want to fly.’

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