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Beauty and resistance: documentary portrays the Yanomami in the Berlinale

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An aerial view shows extensive lush vegetation, interrupted by circular roofs: it is the “yano”, the communal house, of the shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, protagonist of “The Last Forest”, a poetic documentary that exalts the resistance of these indigenous people threatened by mining illegal in Brazil.

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Its director, Luiz Bolognesi, returns with this film to the Panorama section of the Berlinale, three years after receiving a special mention from the jury for “Ex-Pajé”, who denounced the maneuvers of the evangelical church to discredit the shamans in Brazil.

But for “The Last Forest”, Bolognesi (São Paulo, 1966) proposed to put aside the defeatist discourse and chose a combative indigenous leader, Davi Kopenawa, one of the most recognized in the world, awarded in 2019 with the Right Livelihood Award, the “Nobel alternative”.

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