- Best Documentary / Rio de Janeiro FF
- Human Rights Award / IDFA Film Festival
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
- One World Human Rights Film Festival
- Movies That Matter Festival
"With this poignant, exceptional story, the filmmakers tackle a broad series of issues that should be high up on the international human rights agenda. The filmic quality of this documentary left us no choice but to award the Amsterdam Human Rights Award to ‘Piripkura.’" - IDFA Jury
This essential ethnographic film goes deep into the Amazon rainforests of Brazil to find critical proof of an indigenous tribe still dwelling there outside modern society. The rare evidence of their existence presented masterfully in the film serves as perhaps the only legal barrier saving what remains of these rainforests from destruction.
This intriguing chronicle of an expedition follows the footsteps of two of the three remaining members of the Piripkura who live as nomads in the rainforests of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Encircled by farms and sawmills, this forested area is coveted by business interests and aggressively, even violently, pursued. The lush rainforests can remain in protected status if it can be established that the two Piripkura men, Pakyî and Tamandua, are in fact still living there, and maintaining a nomadic way of life rooted in their tribe's ancient traditions.
Together with an official coordinator, the filmmakers trek into the jungle in search of these elusive men, sometimes accompanied by their cousin Rita, their sole surviving family member. In the process of tracking these men, Piripkura illuminates the tragedies befalling indigenous Amazon people, and the systematic violence perpetrated against them that remains menacingly present.
81 minutes - In Portuguese / with English Subtitles
Directed by: Renata Terra, Bruno Jorge, and Mariana Oliva
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