Kayapo: Out of the Forest*
- 1989 ----- color ----- 53 min ----- vhs
(Disappearing World series)
The Brazilian government and Electronorte wanted to build a vast dam, the Korarao, on the Xingu River near the town of Altamira in the Amazonian rain forest. The lake behind the dam would flood land more than 400 miles upstream, the home of the Kayapo Indians. Using modern transportation and video recordings, Payakan, a chief of the Kayapo, organizes an Indian resistance to the project. Documents the bold political resistance built on traditional values and the media coverage which led to the cancellation of an international bank loan for the project and the Brazilian government's reevaluation.
- Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Environmental Studies, Latin America)