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Xingu

Xingu
  • 2012
  • Brazil
  • 102 min

Film about three brothers embarking on a great adventure into central Brazil to create the National Xingu Park.

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Key events in 20th century Brazilian life are moulded into a sweeping, powerful adventure story in Xingu. In the 1940s, three thrill-seeking brothers sign up for the government’s ‘March West’, a plan to explore distant areas of the country and develop roads and airfields. The areas were officially ‘unoccupied’ despite the presence of indigenous tribes. When a white man’s flu epidemic wipes out countless villagers, the brothers start to develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and become passionate advocates for indigenous rights and a safe haven for the tribes. Beautifully photographed on location, Cao Hamburger’s assured, award-winning tale brings history vividly alive.

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