London, 22- 24 October, ICA

In the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit, COP26, People’s Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London and The University of Manchester, in partnership with the ICA and APIB, present 12 productions by Indigenous filmmakers from Brazil, home to the world’s largest remaining rainforest.

The three-day festival features shorts films, documentaries and animations that raise Indigenous voices. The programme celebrates their rituals and heritage and asserts their rights to their lands and to cultural expression, which have been brazenly dismantled and vilified under Brazil’s current government.

The filmmakers address these issues both poetically and provocatively in the first edition of this festival, which seeks to open up conversations about our role in preserving the planet and what we can learn from Indigenous people. See full programme here.

Curated by award-winning filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro and  Christian Fischgold (The University of Manchester), divided in three days, focuses on:

Friday, 22 October, 18:15 – The Right to Earth :  a programme of short works about different forms of Indigenous struggle – symbolic, practical, political, mythological – for the right to land. The opening night will be followed by a conversation with the festival curators and an indigenous leader from Brazil, moderated by People’s Palace Projects’ director Paul Heritage. Book tickets

Saturday, 23 October, 16:20 – The Ritual Dimension : from sport to religion, myths to social narratives, this four-film programme documents and celebrates the Maxakali and Kisedjê peoples in rural Brazil – and shows that while rituals may be political, the political can also be ritualistic. Book tickets

Sunday, 24 October, 16:20 – The Orality, Film and History : Parakanã, Guarani–Nhandewa and Guarani–Kaiowá filmmakers produce a kind of video-orality to present Indigenous communities’ historical, social and philosophical perspectives. Book tickets

Raising international awareness about indigenous peoples as protagonists in the fight against climate change and resisting the destruction of their traditional ways of living is urgently needed.”- Paul Heritage, People’s Palace Projects Director

The digital catalog can be accessed – PPP-IFF-CATALOG-FILMS-WEB

The 1st Brazil Indigenous Film Festival UK is produced by People’s Palace Projects in partnership with the ICA. Funded by Queen Mary University of London, The University of Manchester, Arts Council England and GCRF, this programme is supported by APIB– Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.