The 4th Native Spirit Film Festival

October sees the return of the Film Festival of Indigenous Peoples, The 4th Native Spirit Festival, from 12th-22nd Oct 2010.

An annual event of film and performance promoting the voice and culture of native peoples, this year’s programme includes 2 films and a beautiful performance from Brazil, all themed around the Amazon forest and its tribes.

There’s the film Corumbiara and the music performance Into the Amazon by British cellist Emily Burridge, and the film Children of the Amazon will be screened on 20th October at Amnesty International. The Festival is a project of the Native Spirit Foundation, promoting education and the protection of indigenous rights. For the festival programme and latest updates please visit

Check out the details about the Brazilian films and performances below:

Friday 15th Oct
Venue: SOAS

Corumbiara, They shoot Indians, don’t they?
A film crew’s 20-year quest to tell the world the story of a modern day genocide in the heart of the Amazon.  Corumbiara shows the startling footage of that search and the Indians – three previously uncontacted indigenous groups – side of the story.
Dir Vincent Carelli / 117mins / Akuntsu & Kanoe / Amazonia, Brasil

Live music performance by Emily Burridge
Into the Amazon
Over the last fourteen years British cellist Emily Burridge has worked with a Xavante indian community in the Mato Grosso Brazil. Singing is central to the Xavante culture and Emily was invited to record their songs. With these recordings Emily takes the audience on a brief journey into an Indian village. The performance will include some of her photos of the Xavante and imagery from the Amazon by the photographer Sue Cunningham.

SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H
FREE Entry, Donations

Weds 20th Oct
Venue: Amnesty International HRAC

6.30 pm
Children of the Amazon
Children of the Amazon follows Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the Indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed fifteen years ago. Her journey tells the story of what happened to life in the largest forest on Earth when a road was built straight through its heart.
Dir Denise Zmekhol / 72mins / Negarote and Surui People / Brasil

Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Day Tickets: £10/ £8 concessions
(Day ticket includes entry to all films/performances/talks on the day)


The 4th Native Spirit Festival
12th-22nd October 2010
SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H
Amnesty International HRAC, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

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