Documentary about Yanomami people is Brazilian bet for Oscar

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A Brazilian documentary about the survival of the Yanomami indigenous people in the Amazon, called “The Last Forest”, is one of the bets for the Oscar for Best Documentary of 2022.

The documentary was made in partnership with the Yanomami community, in a village in Roraima.

The director, Luiz Bolognesi, reveals that after he got there, he let himself be carried away by the story the indigenous people wanted to tell. The shaman Davi Kopenawa also signs the script, in addition to being the protagonist.

“They decided which stories to tell and they decided to create some fictions within the documentary. We even film dreams, because, for them, dreams are real and very important,” said Bolognesi.

The customs, myths, rituals and legends lead viewers to take an anthropological look at this community that lives in Brazil, but about whom we know so little.

While the documentary brings this almost poetic simplicity to everyday life, it also shows the urgent reality of the Yanomami people, who live under intense pressure, the risk of illegal mining and the rampant deforestation of the forest.

In the next edition of the Oscar, 238 documentaries will compete in the category. The Academy has not yet released how many films were submitted for the award, but everything suggests that there were more than two dozen.

For the Best Foreign Film category, the nomination is made by the Academia Brasileira de Cinema. However, for the Best Documentary category, the film must be entered.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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