Indigenous Guardians: Two Documentary Films
Bicycles of Nhanderu
(Bicicletas de Nhanderú)
Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Ariel Duarte Ortega, Brazil, 2011
The second film made by the Mbyá-Guarani Cinema Collective, Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy and Ariel Duarte Ortega's Bicycles of Nhanderu depicts the everyday life of the Mbyá-Guarani in the filmmakers’ village of Koenju, in southern Brazil. It is centered on two young brothers—one of whom shares critical observations: “The whites always want to pay less and take more”—and several elders, guardians of traditional values and spirituality.
Guardians of the Forest
(Zawxiperkwe Ka’a: Guardiões da Floresta)
Jocy Guajajara, Milson Silva Guajajara, Brazil, 2019
The documentary Guardians of the Forest opens with a shot of a long fence lined with pieces of meat. The meaning of this becomes clear over the course of the film, made by two members of the Guardians of the Forest. This group has taken on the perilous work of patrolling the Indigenous lands of Caru, where they encounter illegal livestock grazing, logging operations, and land grabs. As their territorial demarcations are not enforced by the government, Indigenous assemblies negotiate these ongoing conflicts.
Letter for Verá, from Jurina—Pindó Poty
(Carta para Verá, de Jurina—Pindó Poty)
Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Brazil, 2017
A fragment from Jeguatá: travel notebook (Jeguatá: Caderno de Viagem) by Ana Carvalho, Ariel Kuaray Ortega, Fernando Ancil, and Patricia Yxapy; Rumos Itaú Cultural, 2016-2017.